W is for Watermelon and Wisdom!

Watermelon; hmm; one of my favorite fruits of all time.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant; Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center. Watermelon is thought to have originated in southern Africa, where it is found growing wild.

A good source of Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Watermelons

A cold slice of watermelon has long been a July holiday staple. But according to recent studies, the juicy fruit may be better suited for Valentine’s Day. That’s because scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

Here is the website that discusses the above sentiment.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080630165707.htm

Watermelon is refreshing, and it’s vitamins and nutrition and its benefits within have a mysterious wisdom.

WhooHoo Wisdom.  What a wonderful word but difficult to master.

One of the most important ingredients to wisdom is the willingness to learn and willingness to share your wisdom.

How wonderful wisdom is! It sparks life into other virtues. If a person has wisdom he/she will also have prudence (sensibleness, good sense), knowledge, and discretion. Wisdom inhabits caution/discretion. Prudence is the ability to discriminate between truth and error.

Be Wise:

  • Decide what is valuable
  • What are the goals
  • Know what is right and important
  • Don’t make a decision that will harm anyone else
  • Take special attention to hard decisions
  • Remember your family and your responsibilities
  • Explore choices
  • What are the consequences
  • Evaluate
  • Know yourself; weakness and strengths
  • Take time to contemplate
  • Be humble and be there for others
  • Surround yourself with wise people
  • Will this decision bring honor to the creator, to humanity, to the community
  • Never Give Up
  • Be Wise Parents and teach children to accept responsibility and consequences to behaviour

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children

Let’s face it, none of were perfect angels growing up. We all made mistakes, some big, some not so big. One thing I think we all need to guard against is letting our own shortcomings keep us from doing the right thing when it comes to raising our own children and caring for family; use wisdom.

“Learning how to be an approachable parent is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. Being approachable means being willing to talk about and deal with subjects that make us uncomfortable. . .without judging or lecturing. When our kids see that we don’t dodge difficult issues and that we are good listeners, they will come to us for help and guidance.”
 Paula Statman, M.S.S.W., Founder and Author, KidWISE Institute, Inc.

Abraham Lincoln, the movie has been much talked about in these past weeks.  It is amazing to read of  the candor and wisdom and words of Lincoln.

In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

 

If you are a leader in any way shape or form; you are likened to the driver of the school bus.  You need love to lead and the knowledge to know the direction and under extreme circumstances wisdom to direct the path.

WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE

Wisdom is still ahead of knowledge even though knowledge is important. You can have knowledge much knowledge in fact but if you don’t have wisdom how can you use it or disperse it for the good of all.

WISDOM CALLS OUT

Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: “To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart. Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.  -Proverbs

 

TRUE WISDOM COMES FROM THE CREATOR; OUR GREATEST HELP!

A. W. Tozer and J. I. Packer have defined wisdom as follows:

“In the Holy Scripture’s wisdom, when used of God and good men, always carries a strong moral connotation. It is conceived as being pure, loving, and good.… Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It sees the end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision.”1

“Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. Wisdom is, in fact, the practical side of moral goodness. As such, it is found in its fulness only in God. He alone is naturally and entirely and invariably wise.”2

               1A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (San Francisco: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1961), p. 66.

                        2J. I. Packer, Knowing God, p. 80

 

To have the truest wisdom/true wisdom you need knowledge.  But where do you get knowledge.  For me the first place I gain knowledge is from the creator. True wisdom affects our entire pattern of life: our attitudes, priorities and interests, and all our relationships, from family to business to authority. It is not a matter of knowing a lot of rules or how-to’s. Rather, wisdom is built on a foundation of understanding human nature, including its weaknesses (such as the tendency to conform), and it works with basic principles, such as trust, respect, and responsibility. We can learn these principles from for example the Proverbs. The wisdom of God is the highest education in the world. I understand there is a great debate whether there is a God or should we believe the Bible on and on; I am not interested in this debate here. What I want to say is that a loving God is available to lend a hand in our growth, wisdom and love.

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Thoughts to Ponder!

“God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward.  He measures our lives by how we love.”
―    Francis Chan,    Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God


Eyes that look are common, eyes that see are rare.

J. Oswald Sanders

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others,
a fool by his own.
Latin Proverb

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
Catherine the Great

Thanks for reading my bLoG!

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