Wisdom includes implementation

Yesterday I talked about offering to help the students in my speech classes.

I was being fairly generous, I thought.

And there were several students across the years who took me up on my offer. They stopped me after class, they came to my office, they called me. (If there had been email back then, I’m sure we would have interacted that way.)

There were a couple kinds of students who confused me, however.

One group never came to see me. I knew they were struggling, and I renewed my offer often. But they would have a hard time with a speech, and then have a hard time with the next one. They finished the class with low grades, unwilling to get the help that would have changed things.

The other group did talk with me, I’d make the appropriate suggestions. And then when they gave their speeches, nothing I said was evident. They listened, apparently, but decided that what I said was less useful than what they could learn from a roommate. Or they decided that what I suggested was too hard to implement. And they finished the class with low grades.

When the person giving the grades gives advice, it makes sense to listen.

That’s the other part of what James said about wisdom:

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man,unstable in all he does.

God loves to give direction. He doesn’t scold when we ask. But unless we implement that wisdom, we will make no progress.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

2 thoughts on “Wisdom includes implementation

  1. I immediately thought of Philippians 4:9: “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Paul understood that he had to spell things out for his students. I guess we haven’t changed too much since then…

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