E-votional  Wisdom
March 28, 2001
Take my instruction instead of silver and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her."
-- Proverbs 8:10-11
They walk in, polished and poised, smile on their face, joyous to see everyone.  The attention they receive is not because of what they are wearing(unlike the Oscars), rather it is about that something else, the way they carry their head, the way they take each step.  Maybe it is their smile.  Wisdom is enters our life with grace and proceeds us with elegance.  Wisdom can, if we let it, shape our day, our life, our faith.
Hear the Good News, of the many gifts of the Spirit, of the many gifts that God gives us all, wisdom is one that is in fact offered.  Wisdom is not impulse, it is not spontaneity.  Wisdom, as it comes from God, is like a combination of intuition and the heart.  It is about listening to the prompting of the Spirit, knowing who we are and what it is we are being called to do.  There are and will be many short-cuts in our life, but the fact remains you can't buy wisdom, appearance does not strengthen our wisdom, nor does wealth.  But seeing beauty where it may be hidden, having a wealth of experience and offering your own self to others, these are definitely fruits or signs of wisdom.

Gracious Father, heart and soul, intuition and listening, if these are tools or elements of wisdom, it seems as though I may be ready.  Help me to be wise instead of impetuous or foolish.  I pray that the mark I leave here on earth is one that makes a positive difference.  More importantly, that the mark left, brings people to know you.  Thank You for all You have done in my life, and all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray.  Amen.