Optimising connectivity for everyday life

C4L Boosters are here to help you in the spiritual lift-off stage and to bring vital boosters to keep you in the best orbit on your journey.  Unafraid to tackle any topic, C4L Boosters  are designed for you to connect securely with The Infinite, for this is your call to pursue.

Optimising connectivity
for everyday life

C4L Boosters are here to help you in the spiritual lift-off stage and to bring vital boosters to keep you in the best orbit on your journey.  Unafraid to tackle any topic, C4L Boosters  are designed for you to connect securely with The Infinite, for this is your call to pursue.

WISDOM ON THE WAY

Moral dilemmas and ethics have always been around and always will be whilst the earth spins – in a certain situation, what is the right thing to do, think or say?   Journalists, the media, writers of books and films know that these make good stories which sell by holding a mirror up to entertain and enthral us.  On the way through life, no doubt you’ve had some dilemmas to consider and you know there will be more to come.  How can we know what is wise?  The young should be able to look to their elders for maturity and wisdom as to the right way to take when facing a moral crossroads.  We are often confronted with professionals and experts but not often with wisdom.  What sometimes passes as worldy wisdom often falls short of God’s wisdom as revealed in the Bible.  Where are you drawing your wisdom from for your dilemmas?  Some and some – here are some carefully selected for you to sift through:

  • ‘Contemporary audiences are interested in watching characters navigate ethical challenges and moral dilemmas’ – David Zabel
  •  ‘For me it's more important that I outline all the facets of a controversial issue and let the reader make up his or her mind. I don't care if readers change their minds, but I would like readers to ask themselves why their opinion is what it is’ - Jodi Picoult
  • ‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • ‘For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone ’- Audrey Hepburn
  • ‘There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart’ – Charles Dickens
  • ‘Wisdom begins in wonder’ – Socrates
  • ‘He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose’ – Jim Elliot
  • ‘We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future’ – George Bernard Shaw

For sure, there is some wisdom to be gleaned in different corners of life’s big field.  When the plough comes through, it turns over all sorts – stones that need to be thrown out, weeds that have no value, the occasional archaeological treasure and then rich fertile soil.  It’s all there and we have to sift it to find what is wise to draw from.  For the Christian, it should be easier as we have what Queen Elizabeth ll referred to as a ‘treasure trove’, God’s Word as revealed in the Bible.

  • ‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written:  “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;  the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”  Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,  but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. – I Corinthians 1: 18-25
  • ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction‘ – Proverbs 1:7
  • ‘For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding’ – Proverbs 2:6
  • ‘My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion’ – Proverbs 3:21
  • ‘…wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her’ – Proverbs 8:11
  • ‘When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom’ – Proverbs 11:2
  • ‘The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper’ – Proverbs 19:8

Do you find it easy or hard to hear … and then to apply God’s wisdom?  It’s okay to ask for it, but as we receive there comes a responsibility to take it on board and let it do its work in us.  Wise men came from the East and their response was worship.  Solomon asked for the gift of wisdom when given the option and he was commended. 

  • ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you’ – James 1:5  
  • ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock’ – Matthew 7:24
  • ‘Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise’ – Ephesians 5:15
  •  ‘So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”  The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.’ – 1 Kings 3:9-12
  •  ‘Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king.  He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”   The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”  Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”  When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice’ – 1 Kings 3:24-28

As you stand at the gate, if you need wisdom then you know who to ask for it!  For direction, perspective, maturity and blessing, ask and it shall be given ‘unto you’!  Take it gladly for it to work in you for maturity that will make you wise and overflow into the lives of others for the glory of God.

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