Day 21 – Wisdom From Above

I love the internet and yes, I love Facebook.  I love that my feed is generally filled with positive, uplifting, and laugh out loud quotes, memes, statuses, and pictures.   And this morning, I came across this beauty:

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Now, I might ruffle some feathers here but I believe wisdom comes from everywhere.  It can come from anyone, anytime, anywhere.  Ever hear the phase “Hold my beer” – usually said right before someone does something really stupid.  But in that particular time and place it is a “wise” thought.  There is wisdom of the world and then there is wisdom from above.


But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:14-18


I read that quote this morning and instantly thought of someone with whom I struggle.
“Yeah – that’s right – you gotta a problem WITH you!”
(wisdom of the world)

– and then almost immediately the verse about not worrying about the dust in your neighbor’s eye because you should be worried about the plank in yours came to mind…
(wisdom from above)

The point from the morning was this – I can appreciate wisdom from the world – some of it is wise, some of it is applicable, some of it is downright entertaining.  But what I MUST do is test it against the Word…is it pure? Peaceable? Full of mercy? Sincere?

And good grief…let’s go take a look at that plank again.

xoxoxox – DM
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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.