Realising the value
of wisdom

It’s been a great week with the StepOut Team, who came to help with the children’s Kitchen Tails and with the youth program in the evenings.

But, I’m realising I’m not as young as I once was. Exhausted after the week, but a good kind of exhaustion.

I finished the week off with Brechin City FC beating Dundee FC by one goal in a very entertaining match that was, for the most part, really friendly and the banter in the stands was good as well.

It is a new week as I write this, so thinking ahead and realising that the strength one has in youth is not the same as one gets a wee bit older. I don’t like admitting that I’m now past that ‘middle age’, well unless of course I live to be more than 100. Most don’t, but we can dream.

It is that old cheesy line of “youth is wasted on the young”. And of course the other that I couldn’t find to put in this place, but the searching led to great discoveries of so many great sayings. It is all I can do not to put about 30 of them on a page and call it ‘thoughts to ponder for a month’, or some other such phrase.

One by Mark Twain caught my eye: “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.”

Frank Lloyd Wright said along this line: “There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”

As the days go by and I see more and more of my heroes in my life passing away I realise the value of the wisdom that I learned from them. Some so worth living by and some sadly the how not to live life kind. The biblical book of Proverbs speaks to this over and over but I’ll simply leave us with a key thought from the first chapter on getting by day by day and doing more than just getting by.

“To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion-A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.”

Needing more wisdom but still learning.