“Proverbs will teach you wisdom and self-control and how to understand sayings with deep meanings. You will learn what is right and honest and fair. From these, an ordinary person can learn to be smart, and young people can gain knowledge and good sense.” Proverbs 1:2-4
These days everyone wants to be smart, but what if we were wise? What would we do differently? Would we spend more time at home with our families, or still work 80 hour weeks? Would we spend more time at church or out in nature? While any of those things may be the right thing for our lives, what I know needs to change is our self-control and our common sense. Why? Because people seem to be in short supply of both of these. I know I have the occasional moment of stupidity, who doesn’t, right? But the overwhelming lack of common sense, smarts, and self-control that I see in everywhere today makes me question where we are headed as a society, as a world.
What if we were to take the time instead of just reacting to what someone says, to think it through and get to the core of their fear and hurt, before responding? What if we were to do things for the greater good, not just the easier thing? What if we were to think before we acted? Why do these simple things seem so hard to do?
I think part of the reason it seems like they’re not part of our lives anymore is because we’ve gotten caught up in the fast pace of society. It’s hard for us to slow down enough to watch the clouds go by or have something to eat without doing work or something else. We also have been lax in instilling these important values in our children. Instead we’ve focused on success and satisfaction.
Today I encourage you to choose simple words: let your yes be yes and your no, no. Choose to say “I love you” to someone. And do your best to think before speaking. Your words are one of the most powerful tools you have.