This week we'll break down the process of how general information becomes the material from which you make decisions about life and living. We'll see how those of us who feel the call to be influencers can better understand the process by which we all become wise. We'll also look at ways to evaluate where we struggle in living wisely and how to overcome those breaks in reason. Sound confusing? It won't be once you jump into the process with us.
July 25th, 2015
July 18th, 2015
Ambition. When you read that word, what thoughts come to mind? How about desire? Any thoughts there? Today we'll explore how our personal pursuits of getting what we want can actually stand in the way of our acquiring wisdom. Sometimes we're least likely to hear or follow wisdom when we need it the most. There's another phrase we often hear. "Blind Ambition". We understand that to mean ambition which isn't tempered by reason. But could it also mean ambition which refuses to see wisdom? Let's take a closer look.
July 12th, 2015
We spend quite a lot of time telling people that they should pursue wisdom. But what does a man do and to what sources will he turn, once convinced that greater wisdom is exactly what he need? It's wonderful to move a man from thinking that he needs no additional wisdom to recognizing that he does. But then what? If I tell you that you need to eat better, I can tell you what to eat that IS better, and also tell you where such foods can be purchased. If I tell you that you need to keep your body fit and strong through proper exercise, I can make concrete suggestions as to what will work, and how frequently you may want to work out.
But when we once convince a man that he needs wisdom so that he can make better daily decisions and make better life-choices, where will we send him for that understanding. We live in a world of plenty. The McDonalds ad comes on the television immediately after the nutria-systems ad. The add for comfortable living room furniture comes on the television followed by the pop psychology show suggesting that we'll feel and look better if we get off the sofa and go outside and do something.
And wisdom seems to come in that many flavors and more also. So what's a man to do? How does he know which "wisdom" is really wise?
July 4th, 2015
The 4th of July. A great day for picnics, the beach, a trip to the vacation home in the mountains and a grand display of fireworks in the evening. But is that all? When we consider the purpose behind the day set apart, what comes to mind? Freedom? Opportunity? Today we'll look at the truth behind freedom. It's unique and rare qualities and how delicate and fragile it may be. Freedom is a very great thing. So we should give it the attention it actually deserves.
June 27th, 2015
We all want to make good choices. We want to make the best choices. We even define wisdom as making the best choice in every situation. But we don't always do that! Why? It's the stuff that's already in us that influences how we choose. If my ability to choose is a great gift, then using that gift to its full benefit is in the interest of everyone I interact with. And yet the stuff that's holding us back and influencing our inability to make wise choices isn't always easily detected. Let's look at that.
June 24th, 2015
The roots of wisdom run deep and take years to grow. So also do the roots of destructive practices. This is true for individuals, for communities, and for countries. Let's look at that this week.
June 13th, 2015
What is Wisdom? The ability to choose well in a diverse array of circumstances which the average person encounters. Sometimes we choose well, and other times not. Sometimes we choose in ways which are sinful, while at other times our choices are simply stupid. They are choices informed by inadequate understanding, or personal desires which override good thinking.
To live life well, To leave behind a good legacy. These desires require great wisdom. In this first of a multi-part study on wisdom, we'll explore the basics.
June 1st, 2015
People love to talk. Well, at least mostly they do, unless giving someone the "silent treatment". What, though, is the power of the words we each offer. Silence, after all, is our default "setting". We are "quiet until acted upon". Since that's true, then could it be that the spoken word could or should be offered with purpose in mind? Could it be that our words, rather than being random and idle, or self-defensive, could be used at means of creative construction? Let's take a look today.
May 24th, 2015
In a great kingdom, everyone has a role to play. Everyone has things to do. But they also each have some expectations. Let's look at 3 words which can sum up all of life within any kingdom. Relationship, Responsibility, Reward. Let's dig in.
May 17th, 2015
A good king makes a great difference. Why? Let's look at that.