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Photo taken when I was serving among the Turkana people in northern Kenya

Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual situation we find ourselves. It is gaining the necessary skills at handling life. Much of our weakness in living comes from the fact that we have the habit of skipping through the corridors of life like a child in a candy store, glancing at everything that passes but never stopping to savor the delicacies of life. Wisdom is pausing to learn the true value of the world around us.

The wisdom writers of the Proverbs gained their wisdom by paying attention to the world around them. They discerned life as a gift from God. This requires a slowing down and living in the moment. It involves paying attention to the rhythms of life and living our lives in step with God. Life can take a lot of things from you: your health, your wealth, your reputation, but only you can choose what will happen to the wisdom you gain.

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you” Proverbs 4:7-8.

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