Wisdom: the Pursuit

The teacher had a plan. I sure hated the idea of learning percentages in grade school. Addition and subtraction and such seemed to be enough to get by in life. The entire class agreed with me the day the teacher introduced us to the next level of math. Apparently, we weren’t her first students to balk at the idea because our teacher already knew what to do. Seasoned in her field of expertise, she had a plan –called Persuade them with Pie. With pies lined up on the table, the mathematical question was, “What percentage of pie would be left …

Wisdom: What Is It

Everyone wants to be happy – myself included. Sometimes, I find happiness when I write. When ideas are flowing as words unto the paper, I can work long hours into the night. But, if the ideas stop and I get writer’s block, I can barely stand to stay at my desk over a few minutes at a time. My husband brings me great joy. Until hispile of stuff beside hischair encroaches myspace, which admittedly, we both consider to be the rest of the house. Except for his sink in the bathroom. I don’t claim it either. Our dogs make me laugh. …

Wisdom: Where To Begin

Starting is often the hardest. Have you ever wanted to do a project and not known where to begin? You can visualize the end result. You know a general direction to go. You even are aware of people that can help you. You feel confident that if you begin on the right path, the end goal is achievable. You just can’t seem to figure out where to start. Starting the path to wisdom can be hard – quite daunting if we don’t know where to begin. Wisdom comes from God. “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs …

Wisdom: What We Can Expect

Averages and Expectations. I read that the average washing machine will perform 5,100 cycles before biting the dust. The average length of a mystery novel is 70,000 words. The average person speaks 138 words a minute. The average toddler sleeps ten hours a night. And the average passenger 747 airplane is retired after 27 years of service. For researchers, these tidbits of information are important. If a product or service is being offered, averages provide a guideline of what a consumer can expect. I’m usually on the consuming end, so I’m more about the expectations. I want the life of …

Wisdom: It’s Urgent

We always seem to be in a hurry. Everyone is in a hurry these days, and our town is suffering because of it. Our main bridge has been under construction for over two years. To say the locals are tired of the slow progress is an understatement. We want the bridge done, and we want it done eighteen months ago. It doesn’t seem to matter which side of the bridge you live on, if you work, your job is on the other side of the river. At shift changes, everyone wants to get somewhere – anywhere – everywhere quick, and …

Wisdom: Be Bold

Boldly seek wisdom.  King Solomon boldly asked God for wisdom and was granted his request. The Bible says he was the wisest man of his time. “God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.” 1 Kings 4: 29-30 The king searched the earth – the entire scope of man’s resources and capabilities. What did he learn along the way? He discovered everything under the sun was useless. Wisdom’s lesson was …

God: The Great Pottery Maker

    Jeremiah 18: 4  ” And when the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hands of the potter,  he made it again another vessel as seemed good to the potter to make it.”   Most clay was dug from fields, then trampled by foot by workers to make it more flexible. When the substance was the right consistency to be used by the potter, he used a disc of stone or wood, which rested on a larger disc below. Then the clay was placed on the disc and rapidly whirled around as the potter shaped the vessel with his hands. A …

Potter’s Vessel Becomes Marred

    “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3: 23   I was born first of ten children to my parents over one hundred years ago, and though I was a wanted child, and loved very much by my family, soon my young life became tainted by sin and I would not live an easy life. When about eighteen months of age, a sister was born to my parents and they must divide their time of caring for me with a second child. Then almost two years later, a third little girl was added to our family; so our parents were responsible for the …

Reshaping A Marred Vessel

  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3: 16   Though I am not familiar with pottery making, after doing research and writing a book titled God is not Finished with Me, I became more aware of how pottery is made, and during past months of my life truly I have experienced some ways a vessel becomes marred. In fact, my life became …

Achievements of Other Potters

    Ephesians 2: 8-10 “For by grace have you been saved through faith, and this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest no one will boast. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”   Though God is the Great Potter, He blesses His children by allowing them to share in His work. As early as the time He placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, he gave him work to perform. His first job was naming the animals, and one of man’s …

No Two Vessels Identical

  Psalm 139: 13-16 a  “For You formed my inward parts: You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, and intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance in every one of them written in Your book…”   Perhaps you have heard it said after God made her, He threw the mold away. That statement is intended to be derogatory, but is true: for no two individuals are identical. No …

Least Vessel of the Potter

    1 Corinthians 15: 8-10a  Paul wrote: “Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle: because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain… ”   I can relate to those last words of Paul saying because of God’s grace, ‘I am what I am’. That is not true only in Paul’s life and mine but in every believer’s life. For I shudder to think what my life at one hundred …