Have you noticed all the upheaval in our nation, our world? Would you love to see peace win the day? Would you like to be part of the solution? Does it appear to be overwhelming? Do you realize you can help?
We see discontent all around us. We disagree with decisions being made by leadership. Our disgruntlement deepens and the gap expands. Our culture screams for tolerance and yet is intolerant. We see the very people who want others to understand them refuse to try to understand others.
We hear people who claim to be followers of Jesus calling for renewal, yet they do not pursue it. We see people who march for change reject any change they do not like. Our culture has ceased to think beyond ourselves and their own personal agendas. We consistently fail to use the brains God gave us to evaluate all perspectives before opening our mouths or take action.
The wise person does not speak quickly but listens (Proverbs 12:14-19, 17:27-28). The implication is the wise person thinks through the situation, attempts to see all angles, and formulates the appropriate answer before speaking. This is the way of wisdom.
How do we acquire wisdom? We ask God for it, and He gives it generously (James 1:5). It is wisdom that will change our world, even if only us personally. Without wisdom, we are no more than sounding gongs making noise and creating more discontent. To be part of the solution, we need to do less talking, more listening, more thinking, and more praying. By doing so, God will open our eyes, open our ears, and renew our minds. Then we can make a positive impact.
I pray we all seek the wisdom of God. I pray we listen more and speak less. I pray each one of us will spend time thinking, evaluating, and praying, asking God to reveal His wisdom to us. Seek wisdom. Listen. Evaluate. Remove preconceived notions. Ask God to renew your mind. Be a positive impact.
James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.