on wisdom

28 Jul

from Romans 15:14, New International Version
‘I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

I have heard Tim Keller define wisdom as

‘Having competence in, within, the complexities of life where moral rules or laws do not apply.’

So my first question, asked, and it can only be asked of myself, is one of my four basic W’s, ‘where?’

Where in my life do ‘moral rules/laws’ not apply?

• love, loves, tenderness and kindness

• family, past and present, especially present; chosen and adopted; communities of friends; work; families of intimacies

• care, physical care of self, my emotions, healings, my spirit, mind and heart- as the ancient Greeks said and say – my ‘nous’-

• the forgotten; South Bronx students and their parents, their ‘care givers’ ( versus ‘caretakers’ ); the departed; those who do longer think of feel of about me, but who I still feel and remember; items lost- a beret? -chances, opportunities missed; books unread; people unloved

words not said…

wisdom for me is the ‘pause’; the breathe; the space between heart and thought beats where I reflect before acting, before overflowing emotion, before the flood of memory, remembrances, regrets and remorse

wisdom is creating as space to be ‘competent’; to manage and think of and thru complexities,

Romans 15:14 speaks of us as being ‘competent to counsel’

New International Version
‘I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.’

or, as the Berean Study Bible says,

13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul the Minister to the Gentiles

14 ‘I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, brimming with knowledge, and able to instruct one another. 15However, I have written you a bold reminder on some points, because of the grace God has given me 16to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

I, we ‘overflow’ with competence as we live in face complexities. Competence here, for me, means to balance my life with life; to live daily with myself admits others and our world.

He gives wisdom; a life – Jesus’ life- overflowing wisdom.

One Response to “on wisdom”

  1. alb August 1, 2020 at 3:52 pm #

    This is really good Charlie. Can be very tough go keep this, but thank you for the reminder and the perspective.

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