It is hard for me to believe it is already 2018. The older I get the faster time seems to fly. For our family, this 2018 milestone did not sneak up on us. It has been flashing light for our entire family. We begin this year with our first daughter as a college sophomore and nothing but teenagers residing in our home.
Over the years, my wife and I have tried our best to prepare our children for adulthood by making preparations spiritually, emotionally and financially. However, like many of you, we find ourselves forced once again to put our trust in the Lord.
As our family celebrates these milestones with our children, we continue to ask each other and ask the Lord whether or not we have done enough to prepare our kids for adulthood.
Whether your are a soon to be graduate looking at college, a struggling parent managing a crazy youth sports schedule, a young mom struggling with diapers, a recent retiree searching for meaning and identity, a single adult searching for a relationship, or a married couple struggling to stay married, every one of us needs wisdom that comes from God.
Everywhere we look, it is obvious that common sense is not so common. There are a lot of smart people who fail to act in wise ways. There are highly educated people who consistently struggle to exercise wisdom. By definition, wisdom is not just knowledge but it is the correct use of knowledge. James, the brother of Jesus very eloquently imparted great wisdom in in James 3:13 when he asked:
“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom."
When the Bible talks about “good behavior” it is talking about doing the principles of life that the Bible calls good. Proverbs tells us…
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 (NASB)
Though there are many things that the Bible calls good, if you want a simple summary of God’s will for your life, just hear what Jesus said in Luke 12.
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Luke 12:29-31
As I watch my children grow and accept responsibility. My wife and I continue to pray that all three of them grow to be wise. As this prayer is fleshed out in our every day lives and time picks up speed, we are more convinced than ever that loving God and loving others must become the driving force of our lives. This is not only the good path revealed in Scriptures; it is the wisest way to live life. As I continue to search the Scriptures and seek the Lord, loving God and loving others more today than I did yesterday ensures our family remains on the path to living wisely and becoming a truly wise people.
Are you living wisely today? Are you one of those on the path to understanding? Remember wisdom is found in following Jesus. Therefore, I want to challenge you to come back to the foundation of wisdom in 2018. Walking with Jesus is the best way to prepare you and your family for the joys and challenges on the horizon as 2018 picks up speed for all of us.
First Baptist Church Owasso