Today’s word for May 3, 2011

She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
Proverbs 3:18

With regard to wisdom, people can be classified into four broad categories. Within the first category that comprises those who know they know we can find two sub-groups. The first sub-group consists of those who feel pride and self-conceit of belonging to this category. These are the majority and in fact, because of their pride, they are not as wise as they seem to be. To the other sub-group belong the select few that are truly wise. The second group might be called the Socratic, i.e. those that agree with the Greek philosopher Socrates who coined the well known phrase: “All I know is that I know nothing.” Here we can find two sub-groups, those who are aware that they know nothing but continue to seek a higher level of wisdom and the other sub-group that agglomerates those who do not care to know that they know nothing. A third group consists of those who know they know, i.e. those who have much wisdom but it has not helped them to realize that they possess it. These are people who usually are happy to have gotten as far as where they have come and have no motivation to further increase their knowledge or wisdom. Finally, at the end of the pipeline we find those who do not know that they do not know. They tend to be extremely bold and they do not mind casting stupid expressions all the time because they never know what they are talking about. To these the apostle Paul said: “Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.” Do you know which category you belong to?

True wisdom comes from above, from God. Through it we know the true purpose of our lives and we can put into practice the talents that we have been entrusted with for the benefit of others. Wisdom is the source of true happiness and it is also more profitable than wealth, which after all is transient and insecure. Only wisdom can provide true and lasting peace and it can only be found in the fear (respect and obedience) of the Lord. To God alone be the glory!

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