The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “collect.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
I’ve had many “knick-knacks” collections over the years — pansies, cows, Red Rose Tea figurines, teacups, etc — but I’m not collecting anything like that at the moment. However, this also got me thinking about what I am collecting in place of knick-knacks.
And I did come up with something that I at least I hope I’m collecting more of over the years. Maybe it is just coming up to pivotal birthday this year, maybe it is having some big decisions to make right now, or maybe it is just finishing a great book called, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands.
But whatever the reason, I’d like to think I am collecting WISDOM at this point in my life!
You know that saying about being “older and wiser.” Well, I truly have enjoyed getting older instead of bemoaning my youth passing me by. So I can’t think of a better item to add to my collections than wisdom.
I can collect the wisdom that comes from sitting at the feet of those who have gone this journey ahead of me.
I can collect the wisdom that comes after learning from mistakes I have made in life.
I can collect the wisdom that comes from being open and curious to other opinions than my own and also being willing to change my position if I feel that is needed.
In all this, I am reminded with a passage of Scripture from Proverbs 2:1-11 which I’ll end with here. Let these verses help us remember that the things God values make the best collections of all!
“My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.”