Instructor Curtis Jones
March 18, 2013
Wisdom is the practical translation and application of the word of God to everyday life. It is an integration of knowledge, experience, and deep understanding that incorporates tolerance for the uncertainties of life as well as its ups and downs. There's an awareness of how things play out over time, and it confers a sense of balance. There are four components to wisdom: (1) Words from the wise, (2) Asking wisely, (3) being a person of understanding and (4) showing a little kindness. Beginning with words from the wise; H. Norman Wright states in his book “How to get Along with Almost Anyone” that; “The words you use connect you to other people. But how are you connected: by a cord that binds you together or a barrier which keeps you at a distance?” Wright provides us with an example of real life describing the experience at the Department of Motor Vehicles: “You’ll have to get in the other line. Didn’t you read the instructions? Or You’ll have to come back Monday Morning. When we use the word you as a part of an order or command, we usually end up punching someone’s resistance button”.
Asking wisely connects with the words we use. H. Norman Wright states in his book “How to get Along with Almost Anyone” that; “Questions are an important part of human interaction. Some people use questions to deepen and enrich their relationships. But many people use questions to pry, maneuver, gain advantage, attack, trap, setup, or break down the defenses of the others.” We need to ask questions open ended as opposed to closed. A good example is “How do you like the restaurant?” as opposed to “Isn’t this restaurant awful?” One allows the other person to state their own thoughts and perspective while the other closes the other person out and just shows your own viewpoint.
The third component is that we need to be a person of...