I trust that you are growing.
As I have shared with you in previous letters, it is true that gaining more education and acquiring knowledge is very important and essential to your success as we know it in this life. However, let me quickly say to you that there is something more important than these things, and that is obtaining WISDOM. While you are gaining more knowledge, please also get wisdom.
Notice what King Solomon said in Proverbs 4:7: “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
What is wisdom? The word “wisdom” literally means having skill. Education will tell you how to do something, but wisdom will tell you why you ought to do something. And wisdom will also tell you when you ought to do something. In other words, knowledge or education is the automobile, but wisdom is the fuel. Wisdom is that supernatural edge that most people do not have, and have no idea how to get. King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said: Wisdom is more valuable than gold, silver and rubies. In fact, if you don’t have wisdom, you won’t have and certainly won’t keep much gold, silver and rubies.
Probably, besides my letter on “Get to Know Your Creator” (Letter Two), this short letter is the most important to your happiness, success, and advancement in this life.
Now very simply, here is the basic way to obtain true wisdom. But watch out: this is going to be so simple that you might miss it.
ASK GOD FOR IT!
That’s right. If you want true wisdom, you must simply ask God for it. You cannot work for wisdom; you cannot study and get wisdom; you cannot borrow wisdom; you cannot buy wisdom; and you cannot extract wisdom from other human beings. The only way to get true wisdom is by simply praying and asking God for it. It is a free gift of the grace of God, as is your soul’s salvation.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
The glorious wisdom that God gives will open your eyes to so many things that you cannot see right now. The wisdom of God will give you the ability to see things that the average person does not see. Having the wisdom of God will also definitely give you an advantage — a great advantage in this life. So I urge you to ask God for wisdom to guide you throughout your life, and, friend, He will do it for you.
In closing this letter, let me also say that if you want to be wise, it is wise to walk or hang with wise men. King Solomon said in Proverbs 13:20, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
Dear Y.B.M., even though it feels good and may look cool, please don’t hang with fools because if you do, you will eventually become a fool yourself. Pick out those guys who are wise and hang with them and be a wise guy yourself.
Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
A Word To The Wise,
P.T.: Roy L. Smith said, “The world belongs to the man who is wise enough to change his mind in the presence of facts.”
Jean Jacques Rousseau said, “Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.”
Albert Einstein said, “Gentlemen, try not to become men of success. Rather, become men of value.”
T. H. said, “Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.”