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  • Writer's pictureCariss Cole

Wisdom vs Knowledge

“the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright heart” ~ Psalm 12:3⁣

Feel like you’re being Target? Like you can’t catch a breath before taking another hit? Are they hitting their target, or missing their mark?⁣ Remember those shadows we discussed a few weeks ago? If you don’t, check it out here.

Its not just a feeling, you are being targeted from the shadows. Shield yourself. Put the Armor of God on to protect yourself.⁣ Don’t fear, the Lord’s soul hates the wicked and violent! ~ Psalm 12:4.⁣ He is your protector.

“the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright heart” ~ Psalm 12:3⁣

Knowledge means nothing with out application

A Little Food for Thought

1. Listening to angry people, makes you angry and keeps you stuck.

What have you been listening to?⁣⠀

2. Our actions and decisions today will shape the way we will be living in the future.

What impact will you make?⁣⠀

3. We become what we seek.

Proverbs 21:21

After digging deeper into darkness, and spending some time there as well, I realized the difference between where I was and where I should be. I wasn’t a bad person, I did all the right things, usually to my purposes. At times, I probably indulged a little more than I knew I should, but it was fun right? I deserved to be happy, like everyone else, right?

There was nothing stopping me from doing what I felt like in the moment, but often enough, those moments were all too fleeting. I was always left wanting, yearning to fill my next desire, whatever that might be, I would decide when I got there. No matter how much I tried to fill the void, no matter how hard I worked at it, when my heart wasn’t in the right place, it didn’t stay full. I needed a ❤️ check. I needed to push my feelings aside and ground myself in the unchanging contentment the world around me couldn’t offer.

I needed to stop listening to the chatter around me and start listening to the still, small voice I was ignoring, only then did I truly find life and honor. I found contentment that comes from living a life for a better purpose. I still have struggles, but learning through those struggles, I can now put my feelings aside and fall in line with a life pursuing righteousness.

Growing Beyond Now

Growing Beyond the Present

Three easy ways to grow when we feel stuck are...

1. Listen to the wise ... I mean REALLY listen to hear, not just to respond!

2. Be open to gaining knowledge! Use your mind to do what it was meant to, but be careful and guard it, because the type of information you absorb greatly determines your attitude about life.

3. Apply wisdom to your life. Carpe Diem! Seize the day! The time is now. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.⠀

There are so many ways to grow. What other ways do you seek growth when you feel stuck?

What we surround ourselves with, we become.

What we surround ourselves with, we become. If we listen to wisdom, we become wise. By consuming knowledge we expand our world and the world around us. If we choose to surround ourselves in darkness and negativity, we quickly take on these characteristics as well.

Quick Self Check:

1. How do you truly feel right now?⠀

2. What are you consuming and is it consuming you?

3. Are you living in the light or in the shadows?

Try changing your focus, if you are feeling heavy and weighed down. If you are feeling uplifted and refreshed, shine on! Others around you might need to feel this too!⠀

The Truth About Wisdom

True wisdom is a knowledge developed through understanding.

True wisdom is a knowledge developed through understanding. When you were is school, did you learn only by reading and being lectured to? Sure you can memorize what you are supposed to know, you might even get a great grade on the exam, but what happens when you get to the final, where you have to apply your cumulative knowledge?

We all have the ability to manipulate the knowledge we have, to pick and choose where we insert our thoughts and opinions. Content out of context can create deeper challenges and lead us down unstable pathways. When learning to read and write, we expect our elders to know more than we do.

For instance, let's look at how, as a child, we found the definition of a word we were unsure of. The proper pronunciation of the word, was essential for them to help us. More often than not, however, they would also ask us to read it in a sentence, because the context was just as important to understand the meaning. Success is about applying the wisdom we gain to the world around us and making sure it’s in the right context for it to relate to others.⠀

Lessons Learned

Inhale the future. Exhale the past.

Did you ever hang out with a tough crowd and learn a hard lesson? Did you ever choose the wrong direction and wind up circling back around? We’ve all been there, it takes wisdom to grow beyond our experiences and the let down of expectations unfulfilled for us to fine tune our minds for success. Ever held your breath in a moment of suspense?

🌿 It’s time to just breath.

🌿 Inhale the future.

🌿 Exhale the past.

Do You Want to Become Wise?

Creating a foundation in knowledge makes you...

1. Wise beyond your own experiences.

2. Grounded in truth.

3. A blessing to others⠀

What kind of knowledge are you seeking? Knowing God’s truth helps us trust Him. Dig deeper in your relationship through His word. It speaks like nothing else, you’ll ever read. His wisdom should be your foundation. What are some other ways you connect deeper with God?

A little bit of realization is necessary. A recognition of the fact that TIME SLIPS BY QUICKLY! It is so important to treat your time in light of its value. This sounds like a no-brainer but it’s actually a huge struggle we all face!

A No Worries Attitude

Do you want to become wise?

Every given moment there are things grasping at our attention. We are so overloaded that we have anxiety and moodiness lurking in our shadows, ready to pounce at the first opportunity. We are stressed. Personally, culturally, nationally & worldwide.

We are pushed to our limits, mostly due to our comparison of everything & everyone else...

STOP WORRYING ABOUT EVERYTHING! You can’t control anything but your reaction, internally & externally. Do not listen to what everyone else thinks is urgent in your life, instead ask the source of your life, to guide you.

If you want to become wise, you have to put the effort in. Wisdom is knowledge in action. It’s being able to apply what you know to your life. Start with improving yourself, only then will you be wise enough to guide others.

Keep smiling, it's the best medicine. No matter the symptom.

Always love hearing from you! Comment below 👇🏼👇🏼

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