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Topic: CLUMSY (04/11/19)
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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Smiling at my image in the car’s rear view mirror, I checked my teeth for remnants of the cheese crackers I’d been snacking on. My attention was then drawn to my eyes and I admired how they had taken on the hue of the cobalt-blue knitted sweater I was wearing. Smoothing down my hair, I exited the car and went into the college business office for a quick errand. Upon return, I was pulling the seatbelt across my body when I noticed a glimpse of displaced color. There, positioned at the left side of my ample bosom, was a bright orange cracker clinging to the vivid blue fabric.
I was mortified. How awkward it must have been for the people in the office to witness that cheddar square adhered to my chest. The vanity I felt priding myself on eyes that appeared as deep blue marbles vanished in my carelessness in not checking over my entire self.
The Bible tells us that pridefulness can result in disgrace: the loss of respect due to unbecoming behavior. Yet there is redemption when wisdom develops from humility. Wisdom is attained through experiences and knowingly applying that information to future situations.
Spiritual wisdom is knowledge and understanding of the things of God. It can be achieved through time spent with Him in prayer and in studying the Bible, as well as in worship and participation in a community of fellow believers.
Time spent in enhancing your walk with God will help you to evade instances of dishonor by teaching ways of wisdom. My disgrace - in the form of embarrassment, came from my ungraceful behavior of not checking my whole self for misplaced food. But my wisdom learned was the awareness to look beyond what I see in the car mirror.
Are you allowing God to teach you His ways? Examine the whole you, not just what you think you see in your small mirror of self-concept. By doing that, you will learn from your graceless mistakes and develop a supernatural wisdom from God.
Dear God, thank you for using my bumbling inattention to teach me a lesson in humility and wisdom. Amen.
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