November 30, 2009

Wisdom Walk

Written by Boyd Bailey

Wisdom Walk… “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20

Who do you walk with, (figuratively or literally) through life that offers you wisdom? Do you walk with your father or father-in-law, or mother or mother-in-law? When you walk with them are you slow to speak and quick to listen? Indeed, wisdom comes to those who listen more and talk less. Wisdom is a product of what people pour into you.

Your “wisdom walk” may be over the phone with a mentor who lives in another city, or a neighbor across the street who by God’s grace has already raised grown God-fearing children. Look around you and learn from those wise ones the Lord has placed in your life. Pray for a “Paul” who can be your spiritual instructor, “Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:17).

No one is ever too old or too wise to not need a regular “wisdom walk”. Perhaps you take the time to walk with your spouse after dinner or a co-worker during the lunch hour. Vacations are ideal to walk with a wise family member. Walk while the brilliant sun arises or a majestic sunset kisses the horizon. A “wisdom walk” allows your soul to catch up with the hectic pace of your body. Indeed walk with the wise and you will grow wise.

Talk about topics that are relevant to your season of life. Maybe it is insights into parenting a teenager, financial management, decision-making, how to love and respect your spouse, books to read, or devotion to Christ. Ask your wise walker what mistakes they made and how you can learn from their mistakes. Listen the their ideas, process them in prayer and apply them to your life. Otherwise, unused wisdom becomes fodder for foolishness!

Above all, have wisdom walks with Almighty God. Unlike Adam and Eve, learn to live in the intimacy of the moment with your Heavenly Father. “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8). Walk with Jesus and you will become much the wiser. Keep Christ your closest companion.

Who are wise people in my life with whom I can enjoy regular “wisdom walks”? What does it look like for me to have “wisdom walks” with my Heavenly Father?

Related Readings: Deuteronomy 8:7; Jeremiah 7:23; Luke 6:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:33

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