The Harvest Principle Week 4: Growing in Wisdom
You reap what you sow, both later and greater. A few weeks ago, we talked about this in reference to character, the one thing we take with us to heaven. Last week, we talked about finances, and introduced a simple concept: “Give, Save, Spend.” Whatever we give, we’ll reap a reward of treasure in heaven. Today we’re talking about the Harvest Principle regarding wisdom: how can we grow in wisdom? A good definition of wisdom is the ability to judge correctly or follow the best course of action around us based on knowledge and understanding. Knowledge and understanding are the building blocks of wisdom. Wisdom understands both that there is Eternal Life beyond us, and how eternity intersects with the present reality, the here and now. Wisdom is not necessarily life experience, but rather (as Andy Stanley says) “evaluative experience.” One of the best books of the Bible to read to grow in wisdom is Proverbs. Let’s look at three Proverbs – first Prov 12:15 – “The way of fools is right in their own eyes, but those who listen to advice are the wise.” Foolish people always think that they are right. Listening is the key to wisdom, and sometimes we’re afraid to listen to advice because we feel pressured to take it. Second, Prov 12:1 says, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates reproof is stupid.” This is not necessarily about self-discipline, but readiness to receive discipline or correction. If you can receive correction, then you going to grow in knowledge. Last, Prov 19:20 says, “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise.” Listening to advice is not always about the present. This is the Harvest Principle – listening as planting seeds of future wisdom. We want to listen to people who are successful, whether with money, a job, friendships, or anything else.
Who is a wise person you know? What makes him or her wise?
Do you feel like you have to take advice from people when you hear it? Why or why not?
Why is it so difficult to take or accept correction? What can you do to better receive correction?
Who are the wise counselors you turn to for advice or the people you follow so you can learn from them? What have you learned from them?
In what areas of life, do you think you have wisdom to offer?
Is there an upcoming decision you need to make that you would like the groups input about?
Many thanks to our Columbiettes for the successful Misfit Gifts auction; to the Youth Ministry for the hard work at the Lehman Township Haunted Trail, the Thanksgiving Coat Collection, and another amazing Youth Rally this year; to the St. John’s Seniors and Religious Education Program for preparing Thanksgiving baskets for the needy; to the K of C and the Deacon Tom Special Needs ministry for the Veterans’ Day breakfast; and last but not least, to all our parishioners for your generosity. I wish you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving!
With blessings, Fr. Reichlen