Wisdom…such a great treasure. I’m sure you can name people in your life who not only speak wisdom to you but who also live wisely.
Worldly wisdom is defined as “experienced in the ways of the world; understanding of the affairs of the world”. Wordly wisdom is a different take on that with God as the source of wisdom. “Wordly” being a play on words, meaning the wisdom that comes from the Word of God (both the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ).
Both worldly and wordly wisdom can be extremely useful in maneuvering through life…no matter your religious beliefs. However, you will have to wrestle with the experience of conflicting “wisdoms”…when you have to choose which path seems most true; most appropriate. The popular “your truth”/”my truth” philosophy of today rarely works in facing conflict of reason. Thoughts?
Writer, storyteller Srinivas Rao, host of The Unmistakable Creative podcast, on his 43rd birthday, posted 43 quotes, things he’d learned, from some of his podcast guests. My 10 favorites of those are listed here:
- Don’t Wait to Spend time with the most important people in your life. – Frank Ostaseski
- Your life is the result of what you focus your attention on – Cal Newport
- Happiness is an input to a great life. Not a bonus you get at the end of one. – Nataly Kogan
- We are all amateurs at loving each other –Bob Goff
- You can’t cross the extra mile without going the essential mile. –
- You can find extraordinary joy in ordinary things. –Ingrid Fetell Lee
- If you don’t appreciate what you have now, you’ll never appreciate what you’ll get later – Tim Ferriss
- Choose Wonder over Worry – Amber Rae
- Don’t label people after the worst things they’ve ever done –
- A story well lived is told after the fact – Donald Miller
I love Srini Rao’s podcasts. As do I love several others (some linked below). They help me have a sense of both popular thinking and the wisdom of contemporaries.
What if Srini could interview Jesus of Nazareth? That would be something to listen to. We have the Scriptures to know what Jesus said or would say about anything we might encounter today (weighing out the whole of what is written in the Bible).
If Rao’s list of what he’s learned from podcast guests included Jesus, the following quotes might be considered wisdom. All from Jesus:
“Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’, and your ‘No,’ ‘No’.” – Matthew 5:37
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” – Matthew 12:25
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!” – Matthew 18:21-22
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14
“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” – Matthew 22:37-39
“Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” – Luke 6:27-28
“Why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?” – Luke 6:41
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” – Luke 12:21
“Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” – Luke 16:10
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” – John 13:34
What worldly or wordly wisdom do you have to share? Please put any of your favorites in the Comments below. Thanks for stopping by.