Additional Scripture Readings: Joshua 24:15; Proverbs 2:1-6
When we think of the wise, we might picture esteemed scholars padding through hallowed halls of learning. In their hushed offices and remote library stacks, they seem to have a monopoly on wisdom and understanding.
But where does wisdom really come from? How do moms like you and me wise up?
From living life well. Wisdom grows when moms and dads make careful choices about their priorities and the amount of time they spend with their children. It arises when arguments are settled with sane solutions and siblings are coaxed to peace. It develops when families work together to squeeze extras from meager incomes. It blossoms when celebrations mark special achievements. Most of all, wisdom comes from living all of life’s days with an attitude of desiring and working toward God’s best in our families.
Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come from hallowed halls of learning. Sure, learned folks are smart enough. But the truly wise are those who learn to live life well, day in and day out.
Source: NIV Devotions for Moms
Wisdom is appreciating the simple things in life and giving thanks for God who made it possible. Things such as watching my husband and son play together; reading to our son; sitting in the chair and watching one of his favorite shows on Disney Junior with him; praying with him. Sometimes I just watch him and catch myself smiling at the realization that I’m a Mom.
I agree that wisdom is managing to make a little money go a long way. There have been times when we had to cut back and just get the essentials in order to save money. Wisdom is finding ways to have fun without spending money we don’t have.
Wisdom is putting our priorities in order–God, family, friends, work. Too often we get them mixed up. We put work and interests first and our relationships with God and our families suffer. Wisdom is finding time for God who always has time for us. Wisdom is making time for your spouse. Wisdom is giving your child your time and attention now while you still can because one day that will change. Wisdom is living your life to the fullest and as best as you can so that you don’t look back and have regrets.
Wise up. Live your life one day at a time. Don’t waste time worrying about things you can’t change. Change the things you can. Celebrate life. Spend quality time with God and your loved ones.