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The Three Best Places To Get Wisdom

Earlier I posted about listening and how it was the original lifehack from the book of Proverbs. But, who should we listen to? Recently I heard about “chipmunk speed” a setting you can use to listen to podcasts at 5x speed. This (in theory) lets you listen to a podcast faster. I have my doubts about this because if you’re in a hurry to get done listening, are you really listening at all? We need to listen to those who are worth listening to and take the time to gather their wisdom. But, who are these sages? I can think of three people we should always listen to.

Perspective from those who care for us. Do you want advice that is in your best interest? Get it from someone who simply wants you to succeed! There have been a lot of commercials and laws passed in the past couple of years about people who give financial advice. It was revealed that some advisors were not giving what is called fiduciary advice, advice in their client’s best interest. Instead these advisors were giving advice that would sell their clients products that profited the advisor. Needless to say that can be a problem, if you think someone is working in your best interest and you find out they’re working in their own best interest.

Advice from those who have led a life we want to live. I think it’s important to always consider the source of the advice we take. If you want to get good advice about business, find someone who is successful at business. If you want to get good advice about marriage, find someone who has a great marriage. Find someone who has done and done well what you want to do and get their advice! This is harder than it sounds because generally speaking the people who have failed want to give you their advice. Those whose businesses are going down know what to do. Those whose marriages are coming apart would love to tell you how to be marriage.

Proverbs reminds us Proverbs 13.20 (NRSV), "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm." I have taken this to heart in my life because I want to learn from the successes and failures of others so that I can have more success and less failure! It’s even better if the person who has led the life we want to live cares for us also!

God’s guidance through prayer. While I’ve saved this for last it probably should have come first. The book of James tells us that God wants to give wisdom and does give wisdom to those who ask. Proverbs 1:7 (NRSV), "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." As Christians we need to be committed to praying about the difficult decisions we face in life. So often we think about things, we stew over things, we worry, we fret, we are anxious, and all we need to do to stop is to turn those thoughts to God in prayer.