The other day when I was driving, I noticed a vehicle not too far in front of me that was displaying a flag with the name of presidential candidate on it. Pause here and know that this blog is NOT in any shape or form about politics, just using that as an example.
Seeing that flag got me thinking…I remember once upon a time it was unheard of to discuss the big three—politics, religion, and money. I think it’s safe to say that’s definitely a thing of the past. One of my favorite spiritual topics is the topic of wisdom. I love learning and understanding about (and hopefully exhibiting) wisdom. Wisdom can’t be bought or sold yet, in my humble opinion, it’s one of the most powerful things we can possess. You definitely have to go through a few deserts, valleys, and storms to gain it, but it’s so worth it.
What does wisdom have to do with someone displaying their choice of a political candidate? I’m a strong believer in adapting with the times and changes (horse and buggy to California from Texas….noooo thank you)! But I do believe there’s something to be said about learning from our past and accepting some things that the older generations got right. And a certain level of privacy or “keeping a secret,” is one. I’m not talking about keeping a secret about anything harmful or detrimental nor am I talking about a surprise birthday party type secret. I’m talking about those “big three,” and maybe even a few other things. Those things that cause SO much division and animosity towards one another. Those things that for some reason have caused people to literally hate one another because they have a difference in perspective. Can you keep a secret??
Balance is one of my favorite words and much of what I teach, whether it be in a classroom setting, or to my mentoring group, or on my blogs, is about balance. One extreme says we share everything and the other says we share nothing. Can you see how out of balance both of these seem?
I struggled a bit when I wrote my book, “Reigning in the Storm” with how much to share. I wanted God to use me and my experiences to help someone else through their own personal storm. I’m often an open book when I tell stories to my students while teaching, but there’s always a line. We can most definitely learn from the experiences of others but there’s a different motivation behind sharing in order to help someone or sharing to prove a point, gain attention, or win an argument. Again, I ask, can you keep a secret??
Getting fit for your purpose isn’t just meant for twenty-something’s who are trying to figure out their life goals. Getting “fit” can be applied to any person at any point in life. You may be in a new season and are needing encouragement to try a new venture. You may be trying to get fit spiritually or even in your relationships. Whatever the case is, there’s always wisdom we can apply to our particular situation.
Getting fit for your purpose is going to require wisdom. Sometimes this means having wisdom about what we share and don’t share with others. Asking yourself what the motivation is for you sharing certain things is always a great place to start.
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns to gold. (Proverbs 3:13-14 NIV). I don’t know about you but anything worth more than silver and gold is something I strive to have.
I encourage you to let wisdom guide what you say, how you say, and when you say it. I don’t think we can ever go wrong with that. We’ve all found ourselves in a place where we have regretted saying something a certain way and at a certain time, but you’ll never, ever forget allowing wisdom to guide you. So, I ask—can you keep a secret? 🙂