Friday, October 31, 2008

two sides of wisdom.....

so recently i've had two epiphanies concerning wisdom...specifically God's wisdom.....

i have an unruly knack for trying to convince people of my way of thinking, albeit: change their will...so it occured to me...if God himself gave people the gift of "FREE WILL," then who am i to attempt to take that God-given right away from them. once again....God's plan prevails!

the second situation involved having a discussion with probably the most liberal young fella in my government class. the funniest part was when the teacher seen the two of us having a discussion, he got a total look of panic on his face and felt compelled to say, "i don't want an arguement between you two." weirdly enough, we were both very cordial and calm when he said it. anyway, he was giving me the "i listen to all sides of things and then decide what i think is best" speech i hear from many secular people all the time. and suddenly, as though filled with the breath of Jesus, the correct response just entered into me and i said to him......"the difference is that i don't rely on MY own wisdom to make decisions."

as human, emotional beings, whether spirit-filled or otherwise, it is narcissistic of us to rely on our own understanding for such big decisions as marriage, abortion or even how to raise our children. that's why we as believers are so enormously blessed to have a wisdom FAR BEYOND OUR UNDERSTANDING and comprehension to give us all the answers we could ever need! amen.

6 comments:

Tabitha Blue said...

What a great observation!! I would've loved to have heard your conversation! I bet it was VERY interesting. I'm sure you have lots of opportunity for those types of conversations in your government class. It can be hard not to get worked up in those too, so GOOD JOB!

Crystal said...

what an interesting conversation you had with that gentleman, LOL. It's good that you both were having a conversation not an argument, LOL. And your right, you can change the way other people feel about things, but you can only hope whatever you decide to tell him that they'll listen.

Kathryn said...

So proud of you.. thats all we can do; plant seeds for thought, then as we walk away - water it with prayer for growth. Your first class!!

Tabitha Blue said...

Oh, I love your new profile pic!!

Briony said...

This is awesome! One of my favorite things about my classes was having a central environment where you were able to have educated discussions with a mediator (like a teacher) to keep the peace and people on subject. It is great that you kept your calm...I don't think it is our job to change anyones point of view, I think it is our responsibility to get them to ask the right questions and really seek out an answer. Like you said you can't change a persons mindset but you can encourage them to think.

Briony said...

haha i wanted to take some pics of the line of people and the voting booths but people didn't seem to comfortable with my camera. haha. lines weren't that bad for me...i got there early around 6:30am so there were only a good 20 or so people in front of me. Pete on the other hand had atleast 300 in front of him, he was there for a couple of hours.
i hope the lines aren't too crazy when you go...but no matter the wait, It's worth it :)