Be Wise

Not one person is born without wisdom but that does not make a person wise.

Todd Beal

Wisdom is the ability to understand the best possible outcome for a particular situation and make the most appropriate decision based on that understanding.

Each one of us is born with a certain degree of natural wisdom that springs out of our inborn personality, and it usually stays with us for life. Some people naturally make wise business decisions without any training whatsoever: either formal or informal. Some people make a wise career choice without any guidance whatsoever. Some people make wise choices within their interpersonal relationships regardless of upbringing or lack of psychological training. We each have the natural ability to make wise choices in those areas of life with which the strong points of our personality most naturally resonate.

For instance, I may possess an abundance of natural mechanical ability and love to restore old muscle cars. I may also possess an abundance of natural business sense with a love for buying low and selling high; it revs my motor. Each time I go to an old car auction, I combine these two natural abilities to make the wisest purchase for maximizing my future profit. I choose an area of the country where old muscle cars are either in low demand or their value is relatively unknown, then buy a beaten down old Stingray and restore it to its original pristine condition. I then research for the best location within the United States where that particular car is most desired and its value is most well-known. I make the trip to that show and sell the car for a huge profit, all without any formal training in either business or mechanics. Each one of us does this in our own way in those areas of life for which we are both passionate and naturally talented.

True wisdom, on the other hand, is not natural and comes only through God-given humility, reason, good judgment, and true love in one’s heart. It comes only through personal qualities that no human can obtain through his or her own efforts. True wisdom empowers us to discern, understand, and reason through the matters of life well beyond our level of maturity and experience. It empowers us to understand and discern between absolute right and absolute wrong (along with the gray areas that remain personal). It empowers us with the complete understanding of when to speak and when to be silent, even to our self. It empowers us to know when we have hurt someone with our words and gives us the strength and humility to sincerely apologize. True wisdom is not achieved or naturally inborn, but is freely given to any person who understands that only God can provide it through his provision of humility. Each one of us is born with natural wisdom, but True wisdom transcends our strengths and weaknesses; it guides us, directs us, empowers us with the means to understand life for what it truly is and transforms all who receive it.

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About Todd Beal

I love truth and its facts. I love thought-provoking conversations that give both the other person and me a better understanding of a particular topic. I love to find answers to life-long questions; answers that let me see things for what they are instead of what they seem to be. I truly enjoy being in the midst of a group of people where all individuals are joining in, where everybody is enjoying the company of each other. I relax in the company of individuals who are competent yet humble. I like to catch myself doing or saying something ridiculous and then laugh my head off. I enjoy my church and being involved.
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8 Responses to Be Wise

  1. True wisdom is on leaning
    On Jesus Christ our Lord;
    True wisdom is in trusting
    His own life-giving Word;
    True wisdom is in living
    With Jesus every day;
    True wisdom is in walking
    Where He shall lead the way.

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  2. Todd,

    Thanks for making the distinction between innate talents and god-given wisdom. Some are given more gifts than others, but all may seek the gift of wisdom. My wife and I are opposites in many ways. I read a lot of books and remember all kinds of facts. She doesn’t hold on to that kind of knowledge, but always seems to know what to do and say to help a child or resolve a family situation, and her intuition in spiritual matters is always on track (where I often fail). To me there’s no doubt who has the most wisdom in our family!

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    • Todd Beal says:

      Michael, it does me good to hear you speak so well of your wife – to give credit where credit is due. However, I want you to know how I see you from my side of things. No amount of reading books and remembering facts can provide the wisdom you show here on Truth Behind Reality. Time after time, I read your comments and say right out loud, “That guy just gets it.” Your ability to grasp concepts of of all different makes and models is nothing short of phenomenal. I have never encountered anyone in my entire life who reads what I write and, most every time, simply gets it. From my side of things, I find comfort being on the receiving end of the wisdom God has given you.

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  3. pbus1 says:

    Hi Todd,

    As I was reading your post, King Solomon came to mind. Solomon desired wisdom, and he went to the source of wisdom. As you said, “True wisdom, on the other hand, is not natural and comes only through God given humility, reason, good judgment, and true love in one’s heart. ”

    King Solomon was humble, he had good judgment, and true love in his heart, for the people of God. As King, he desired an understanding heart to judge God’s people, that he might discern between good and bad, among so great a people. I Kings 4:29 says, “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.” Therefore, if any lack wisdom, let him ask of God!

    “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver.” (Proverbs 16:16)

    God bless.

    Paulette

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    • Todd Beal says:

      Great addition, Paulette. I have thought of King Solomon numerous times when I understand something in a way that is unnatural to me. I often pause and smile in admiration of God’s unlimited intellect, then thank him for sharing it with me.

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  4. Lance Ponder says:

    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. — Jas 1:5, ESV

    For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; — Pr 2:6

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. — Pr 9:10

    Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. — Eccl 8:1

    And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. — Is 11:2 (prophecy of the Christ)

    I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him — Eph 1:16-17

    for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. — Lk 21:15

    But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. — Acts 6:10

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