The importance of wisdom (1)

There are some things which are indispensable to living a fulfilled and successful life. One of such things is wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to answer the question how which in turn will empower a man to have know-how.

“Wisdom is less about academic intelligence, cognitive abilities or analytical skills, although these can help significantly. Instead, wisdom refers to the ability to see the “big picture” and translate one’s experience and knowledge into good judgment and decisions.” David Chan

Wisdom is an acquisition we cannot do without if we are to have our lives count.

“The beginning of wisdom is: Get [skillful and godly] wisdom [it is preeminent]! And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation].” Proverbs 4:7 Amplified Bible

For most people there isn’t much of a problem as to what they want to do. Many people are not bankrupt of what they want out of life but the real problem is how to translate it to reality. The problem is always a problem of wisdom. Times have changed and we must understand how to respond well to make the best out of life.

“At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge?” Jonas Salk

We live in the information age where you can get virtually any information at the click of a button. The issue is no longer access to information but how to use the information we have access to.

“There was a time when knowledge was power. Knowledge was power because so few had it and because so little was known by anyone. Then knowledge was power because so few had access to education, to facts, and to information. And then it was power because it was hard to find, hard to access, hard to organize, and hard to understand. None of this is still true.

Now knowledge is something less. The Internet has made knowledge ubiquitous. Facts and information are easy to find, easy to sort and organize, and easy to understand. And it is portable. What used to serve as a differentiator and a source of power is now neither.

Knowledge isn’t worth as much as it once was. It isn’t enough to know the facts, the options, the features, and the benefits of your product or service—especially if I can Google them.

What is increasingly valuable is wisdom.” Anthony Iannarino

Wisdom is first in order of importance, other things are important but wisdom is first in order of importance. Wisdom is the main thing and everything else is secondary. Once the principal thing is faulty everything else becomes faulty – get wisdom right and everything else will be right, miss it with wisdom, miss it with every other thing.

Every problem and crisis in life can be traced to a lack of wisdom. Foolishness is the result of a lack of wisdom. A man who lacks wisdom is a stranded man. Wisdom is what produces the way out and the know-how. Wisdom makes a man to think before he talks or act.

“An ignorant man is always able to say yes or no immediately to any proposition. To a wise man, comparatively few things can be propounded which do not require a response with qualifications, with discriminations, with proportion.” Horace Mann.

To be continued

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THE IMPORTANCE OF WISDOM Part 2

Last time we began looking at the importance of wisdom. We saw that wisdom is an acquisition we cannot do without if we are to have our lives count. Times have changed and we must understand how to respond well to make the best out of life.

“At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge?” Jonas Salk

We live in the information age where you can get virtually any information at the click of a button. The issue is no longer access to information but how to use the information we have access to. We must devote quality time to not just access information but take time to asses, analyze and translate information into meaningful action. Wisdom demands time and effort – it doesn’t just drop on people without a conscious pursuit.

“The words wisdom is defined as “The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.” A leader who want to gain wisdom must know that time is a factor. It requires years and decades to grow and become a wise leader. Albert Einstein said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” This is why many times people who are older or seasoned leaders have wisdom. However, this does not mean a younger person or leader can’t gain or have wisdom.” Dan Black

 

Wisdom will make people admire us due to its workings in our life. Wisdom attracts favour and open doors. Every enduring promotion is traceable to wisdom. If you want progress and outstanding achievements then, wisdom is indispensable. Wisdom promotes – it raises people to a higher position or rank. Wisdom is a non-negotiable leadership tool. Wisdom gives the essential mindset and ability to be effective leaders.

“Leaders see the bigger picture and provide the vision for people, directing them towards the bigger cause. To put it simply, leaders are innovative, intuitive, imaginative and future-oriented. Without wisdom, it would probably be inconceivable that a leader would be able to envision where an organization is headed, much less make informed decisions for the staff and the community at large.” Jared Lim

Honor, high respect (influence) is the appendages of wisdom. A man who exhibits wisdom is a man who will be respected and consequently influential To earn respect in your career, business, ministry, academics, just go for wisdom. Make wisdom your highest and deepest desire and you are on your way to the top. Wisdom is the principal thing.

Wisdom is a great management tool. Ecclesiastes 7:11 says “Wisdom is good with an inheritance and by it there is a profit to them that see the sun”. Whatever you have whether it be a business, marriage, ministry, money, resources etc will only be managed, multiplied and maximized by wisdom. Not to acquire and walk in wisdom in dealing with resources is bound to lead to depreciation, disappointment, depression and failure. A man without wisdom is a vulnerable person, he is vulnerable to attacks of various forms and is liable to defeat, disgrace, loss and shame.

Wisdom is so important that we must make it our most predominant acquisition. CONCLUDED