My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
There are people who spend a lifetime trying to achieve something that is completely out of their reach. Some of these unattainable goals are justifiable, for example, homeownership. Other goals are mere wishes and whims that, not being obtained, end up becoming an obsession which with time could turn into psychosis. The mind of the vast majority of people is controlled by personal ambitions and, in their efforts to achieve what they have imagined they can obtain, they end up reasoning that the end justifies the means and thus are capable of doing anything is to meet their wishes. Few indeed are those who wish to have sound judgment and discretion. Very few people are aware of the benefits of acting at all times according to reason and moderation.
These rare virtues are, as the word of God says, a source of life. A person with good sense rarely acts in ways that put his life at grave risk. He will reason and analyze the different courses of action available to him and will choose the one that is most convenient and beneficial, both for him and others. His good name will be preceding him everywhere he goes and it will open doors that are normally completely shut to those who act recklessly. His analytical capabilities will allow him to be aware, well in advance, of the obstacles that lie ahead on the road and they will also allow him to determine preventive and corrective actions to overcome these obstacles without much effort. He will be able to control and minimize the human propensity to make mistakes by means of a reasoned analysis of the pros and cons of possible courses of action, in light of what he has learned from the word of God.
Are you aware of the many benefits it brings to act with wisdom and discretion? Would you like to have these profitable virtues? Only God can give you the true wisdom that allows you to act sensibly and prudently at all times and under all circumstances. James, the brother of the Lord Jesus said “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” So ask! To God alone be the glory!