Searching for wisdom when we have questions is a natural human behavior.
There are so many ‘teaching videos’ on YouTube on a variety of topics.
How-to’s on anything and everything you can think of. From how to caulk your bathtub, how to use social media, even how to improve your sales technique.
When I learned how to play the guitar, I searched YouTube to find someone with experience to teach me. I watched and learned how the teacher played the song and followed their chord progression and strumming pattern. It was perfect.
There is an abundance of teachers on a variety of topics who share their knowledge and expertise for the world to watch and learn. Mix that with technology and we have a huge advantage we never had before.
We are living in an information era. We can get answers to things with a few clicks on our phones.
Where do we get our Wisdom?
What about when life get’s tough? Who do we turn to for wisdom?
We are all fascinated by online and social media – and the ‘wisdom’ you may find on Facebook – is not likely the wisdom you want to follow.
James speaks about two different kinds of wisdom in his book. He highlights the way we respond to any situation is what determines how we apply true wisdom in our life.
He suggests when we seek wisdom from others – be aware of how this teacher acts. If they themselves respond to situations with anger, envy or selfishness – do not follow this way. This kind of wisdom is not following Jesus’ teaching.
True wisdom is responding with consideration, sincerity, open-mindedness, and peace.
James’ challenge for us
James challenges us to watch how we respond to areas of our lives. How we react or deal with situations in our life will reflect which type of ‘wisdom’ we are following.
When I was having difficulty with one of my co-workers – I was not applying true wisdom to the situation. I was letting my selfish ambition get the better of me. It wasn’t until I learned how to apply True Wisdom did the situation become better.
I learned this true wisdom from God and Jesus’ teaching.
I became less selfish, open-minded and considerate. I boost this person up instead of tearing them down. I stopped feeding my ego and focused on creating peace.
Who are you seeking your wisdom from when dealing with difficult situations or difficult people?
Are you following Jesus’ teaching?
The next time you are in a tough situation, I challenge you to ask yourself this question:
“What would Jesus do?”
This is the wisdom you should look for. Follow that pure and true wisdom
It will never steer you in the wrong direction