12/27/13: It May Not Seem Like Much
AmongFlorence Littauer’s many titles is nestled the gen It Takes So Little to be Above Average. That title came to mind as I read Proverbs 30:24-28 which reads as follows in the New King James Version of the Bible:
- There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer; the rock badgers are a feeble folk, yet they make their homes in the crags; the locusts have no king, yet they all advance in ranks; the spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in kings’ palaces.
Through Solomon’s observations, God is telling us that it doesn’t take rocket science to operate in wisdom. What are the four simple practices we can put into place that when done so, God will consider us to be wise?
- Preparation – We learn from the tiny ant that it’s wise to prepare for the future. Save for that proverbial “rainy day,” and get an education (even if we have to take one class at a time). We also prepare for the future by building friendships and pouring into the lives of others. Souls are the only things that last forever, so investing time and energy into another’s life is the ultimate way to leave a legacy. Most importantly, be sure your own soul is prepared to meet God when you die.
- Location – We learn from the feeble rock badger that it’s wise to choose a suitable location in which to live. We can’t settle just anywhere. Sometimes we’re guilty of choosing to locate ourselves in places where we have no business being. However, even if we’re physically located in surroundings that are our of our control, we can adapt without adopting the negativity.
- Unification – We learn from the small locust the wisdom of working in unity. To do this, it’s necessary to watch our alliances and walk forward together
- Utilization – Finally, we learn from the lowly spider how to use our gifts wherever we are.
At the dawning of a new year, our thoughts turn to improvement and how we’ll do things differently as we move forward. These four things—preparation, location, unification, and utilization—may not seem like much, but in the end, the dividends reached by employing them are innumerable. Although we can do this on any day at any time of any year, since we’re here now, let’s make operating in wisdom in these four areas one of our principle goals for 2014.
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