How Do You Learn? The Easy Way or the Hard Way?
“…for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” Proverbs 8:11
It has been said that a smart man learns from his own mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. I’ve learned many lessons the hard way. I prefer being a “wise man.” Wisdom is the learning that we’ve collected along the way—the good sense we’ve gained through experience, teachings and observation. It guides us, protects us, and shapes us. No wonder it is written, “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!” Proverbs 16:16. The following poem is a collection of wisdom—a testimony to the writer’s life experiences and desire for truth.
AS I’VE WALKED THRU LIFE
that you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.
that it’s taking me a long time to
become the person I want to be.
that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
that you can keep going long after you can’t.
that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.
that either you control your
attitude or it controls you.
that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship
is at first, the passion fades and there had
better be something else to take its place.
that heroes are the people who do what has to
be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
that my best friend and I can do anything
or nothing and have the best time.
that sometimes the people you expect to kick you
when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.
that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be
angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
that true friendship continues to grow, even over
the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
that just because someone doesn’t love you the
way you want them to doesn’t mean they
don’t love you with all they have.
that maturity has more to do with what types of
experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned
from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
that your family won’t always be there for you. It may
seem funny, but people you aren’t related to can take
care of you and love you and teach you to
trust people again. Families aren’t biological.
that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going
to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others;
sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
that our background and circumstances may have
influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
that just because two people argue, it doesn’t
mean they don’t love each other. And just
because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret;
it could change your life forever.
that two people can look at the exact same thing
and see something totally different.
that your life can be changed in a matter of minutes,
by people who don’t even know you.
that even when you think you have no more to give,
when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.
What wisdom have you collected along the way? We may often learn the hard way, but if we collect wisdom, we may not have to keep learning the same hard lessons over and over. Let us chase after wisdom and be thankful for the lessons we learn.
The Power of Truth:
“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Prov. 24:14.
“For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Prov. 2:6
“Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.” Prov. 9:9
Suggestion for Prayer:
Thank God for the lessons you’ve learned as you’ve walked thru life. Thank Him for giving you understanding and wisdom.