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Ron Writes

Acquire Wisdom!

Sometimes we don’t need complex answers. We don’t need newer ideas. Often the solution to life’s troubles is simple. This is not to say that it’s easy. Things coast downhill, that’s easy. If you want to get to the top of the mountain, it will take some effort. It will take discipline. Discipline is hard.

It takes discipline to acquire wisdom. Note the action verbs just in Proverbs 4: “hear,” “give attention,” “gain,” “hold fast,” “keep,” “love her,” “prize her,” “accept,” “take hold,” “guard her,” and “keep.” Said negatively, “do not abandon,” “do not forget,” “do not let go,” “do not depart,” “do not turn to the right or to the left.” Effort is involved. To acquire wisdom takes effort and to use wisdom takes self-discipline.

In every area of our lives, wisdom calls out to us. The answers aren’t hard, they just take a lot of discipline. You want a better marriage, then communicate. You want better grades in school, then study. You want to do better in sports, then practice. You want to stop wasting time or get more done, then schedule. You want to do better financially, then budget. Most of these are easy concepts. What can be hard to understand about “spending less than you make”? The hard part is having the self-control to stick to the budget.

A new diet and exercise plan comes out every month. Just check the number of magazines at the store that advertise having a new way to lose weight. It’s real simple actually, burn off more calories than you take in. Simple, but from the looks of the average American’s waist, it’s not easy. It’s hard to say no. It’s hard to cut back. If you’re used to eating two hamburgers, then just eat one. If you’re only eating one, then cut it back to half. Eat less and exercise more. Delayed gratification, self-control, self-discipline, and discretion are hard.