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So, what does it mean to be wise—if one was to draw it out on a whiteboard, what factors are included in the life of the people that embrace wisdom? In Solomon’s mind there were several factors.  First—listen to your parents…there are no people in your lives that are more unconditionally in love with you and want you to have a good life.  Often their ways seem antiquated or irrelevant, but, as we grow older we learn to spot the traps of life and can save our kids from falling into them. They truly want for you to have a great life—listen to them.

Next, allow your defining traits to be love and faithfulness.  If you are remembered for those traits, you will be universally loved and favored by both God and others.  So few people focus on loving and caring for God and others—when they do, they stand out and literally change the course of the world they live in.

Third, trust God to define your path and lead you.  Allow him to call the shots—He knows all, sees all and is the author and creator of your story.  If you allow him to lead—he will do so with such joy that your journey will be remarkable.  It is like touring a city with a local historian—they bring out the nuance and beauty like none other.

Finally, Trust God with your stuff—give the best of your time and money. Like any father, he will not allow you to outdo him.  He will bless you in ways that are amazing.  He will make your legacy both wonderful and beautiful—and despite your circumstances, you will be considered rich beyond belief.  That, is the body of Wisdom.

God Bless You

My son, do not forget my teaching,     but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years     and bring you peace and prosperity.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;     bind them around your neck,     write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name     in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart     and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,     and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;     fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body     and nourishment to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth,     with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,     and your vats will brim over with new wine.