Bible verse: Proverbs 15:20 "A wise son brings joy to his father but a foolish man despises his mother."
Insight: Having wisdom is something that we gain from the Lord. We may have tons of knowledge and skill, but our wisdom to make choices and go through life can only come from God. If we are constantly bombarded by what the world tries to say, we will be at odds with what God has to say. God has given us His word to read and learn from. He speaks to us through other people and the wisdom that He has given them. He can even use TV shows, books, blog posts *cough cough* to speak into our lives. The foolish part comes when God speaks into our lives and instead of listening, we either ignore Him or don't put that wisdom into practice. Conviction is not fun at all, but repeating the same mistake over and over and not learning from the consequences is even worse. Be the person who strives to carry out the wisdom of God. Lean into His word and pray each day for wisdom in how you go about even the simplest of tasks.
Work application: I think it takes a lot of wisdom to navigate our work lives. It takes wisdom to create building blocks for your future. It takes wisdom and discernment to know where to go from those building blocks that were established. We may have goals and aspirations, but ultimately God knows where He is going to take us—we must be prepared for some doors we wanted open to close in our faces. It's also important to note that we can see God's wisdom in other people. When we have mentors or people in our lives with career success, we can learn from them and the wisdom God has given them through their experiences. Jeff McHugh, co-author of From Illusion to Reality, speaks on preparing for your career as soon as you can. He goes over things like having an internship before graduating, conducting informational interviews, creating a professional LinkedIn profile, finding mentors, and much more. All of these things go into building a career from the ground up. These are all tips from someone with years of career experience. God has given him wisdom, and now we get to learn from that experience and put it into practice in our own lives. Let's be people who strive to learn from others and lean into God's wisdom.
Grateful: I am grateful that I can find my wisdom and discernment in God.
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Contributor: Jessica Carrera holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University. She aspires to touch the lives of others through her words.