They say hindsight is 20/20. Once we experience the results of something it is easy to evaluate the wisdom or foolishness of that decision or action. There have been many times when I thought I could get away with taking a short cut or being risky and it bit me. When I was 14 I bought my first car, paid cash for it and loved it. It was a 1969 Ford Torino Fastback with a 351W and a four-speed. The tires were bald but I was driving it anyway. On the way home from work at the grocery store, only two weeks after buying this amazing car, I was hydroplaning on the wet spring road between Pierce and Cardiff Spur. I was having fun sliding around the corners as I tested out the power of the muscle car when the car slid off the road and rolled over. What seemed like fun was actually foolishness and cost me a lot of money. I had to work all summer to earn enough to get the car fixed. Since then I see the wisdom of having good tires and being a little more careful while driving.
Wisdom is not hiding from us and we don’t have to learn everything the hard way. Many times there are those thoughts that “Maybe we shouldn’t do this ....” Too many times we do what feels good in the moment rather than doing the wiser thing. This can be seen in our words, our actions, our eating habits, our purchases, our relationships and even our relationship with God.
The book of Proverbs tells us wisdom is available, is not hiding from us and is in fact calling out to us. Read the book of Proverbs with us this month. Check out the wisdom God is offering to us. The Bible is full of wisdom. Be wise. Life is better when we are wise. I pray we all have a wise and prosperous new year!
Kelly Lineberry is pastor of The Life Center, located between Kamiah and Kooskia.