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Wisdom

I can sometimes get caught up in the pursuit of this world's "wisdom". This wisdom is the pursuit for more knowledge, bigger bank accounts, bigger cars, job promotions, fancy clothes and more. These things are all well and good in their proper place, but do these things crowd out a better wisdom? Am I so busy pursuing the world's wisdom - success, security, knowledge - that I forget the wisdom that really matters? Do I spend so much time thinking about this life, but don't take time to plan for the next life? Do I worry so much about retiring, that I don't give proper attention to what comes after retirement? There is a perfect Wisdom that says, "Let go of the things of this world and follow me." I must maintain a proper perspective.

The wisdom of this world will fade. The wisdom that comes from God will last forever, a lasting legacy for my children. A future hope.

Proverbs 2:1-8 "My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him."

Smile & Hello!

This week I've been working a booth at a famous custom car show. Instead of paying for a cab, I've decided to walk the 3 miles from my hotel to the convention center where the show is held.

I mention this because the past couple of mornings I have noticed all sorts of people during my walk. Old, young, rich, poor. All of these people seem to have one thing in common - they are all in their own little world. Some are listening to their music, others just don't notice me walking by at all. So this morning I decided to try a little experiment during my walk. Everyone that I encountered I simply made eye contact and said, "Good morning." I was surprised by how many people passed by, ignoring my greeting all together. A few mumbled something but still did not make eye contact. However, a few people looked at me, smiled, and replied with a greeting of their own.

At the end of my walk I felt energized, because of the few people who simply smiled and said hello back. They may not know it, but they helped to kick-start my day and I hope I did the same for them. A simple smile and hello can make a difference in the lives of those around us. Scientists tell us that the simple act of smiling releases special chemicals in our brains that make us feel better - even if the smile is fake! Today, make someone's day with a smile and "hello"!

Proverbs 15:30 "A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health."

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