The Wisdom of Seeking WisdomSuzanne Broadhurst
Homeschoolers are bucking a cultural trend, and I hope will continue to buck. Some trends need bucking, such as this one: Wisdom is unnecessary. Just go with the flow. Create your own path. Be your own source.
Where Did Wisdom Go?
Did the lights suddenly go out and the bulb not get replaced? Are we trying to glean wisdom from an empty field?
What’s Wrong with Wisdom?
How did wisdom get such a bad reputation? Why did wisdom get washed out to sea like yesterday’s sewage?
I have a guess: it’s a progression of humanism:
If humans are evolving,
then the wisdom of ages past is passé.
Wisdom is being replaced with personal insight. I’m all for personal insight, but it shouldn’t trump truth.
Seeking wisdom is old school in the eyes of our current culture since wisdom is a walking out of truth.
When a culture dismisses truth, why would one need to seek wisdom?
Treasure of Wisdom
Truth is still truth, however, even if we call it a pomegranate.
Wisdom is still where it has always been: in the Bible which is the written word — thoughts — of God; in the experiences – failures and successes — of ages past; tucked away in the treasuries of libraries and bookstores.
It takes effort and a chunk of humility to mine for truth, to glean wisdom.
God, in His mercies, didn’t make wisdom impossible to mine, but He didn’t leave it laying around on the forest floor either, just waiting to be picked and pocketed.
We must mine for the treasure of wisdom.
Caution: Mine Ahead
Wisdom is knowledge applied.
Not all knowledge, however, leads to wise living. That’s why truth is so important. Always has been, always will be.
We must be cautious to mind whose minds we mine.
Just because someone said it doesn’t make it true, which is probably one of the many reasons you homeschool or are considering doing so.
Mining the Wrong Mines
I’ve made a lot of mistakes over the years, mining in mines I had no business mining. God posted caution signs, but I plowed on.
In some cases, however, I was plain ol’ fashioned deceived.
When one hasn’t been taught how to mine carefully, one can strike toxic knowledge.
That’s another reason I imagine many of you homeschool. You want to give your children tools to mine cautiously.
Mining the Right Mines
Other times, I heeded the warning and steered clear of humanism, self-dependence, and other such culturally relevant thoughts, finding the wisdom of seeking truth-filled wisdom to be wise indeed.
Seeking wisdom is wise indeed.
The Wells We Drink From
Have you noticed? Our children are watching us.
They know the wells we drink from. They know the books we read, the mines we dig.
Are we setting an example for them to follow?
Or are we setting them up for disappointment when the world’s ways fail them, as they surely will?
Tips to Share Wisdom’s Treasure
Here are a few ways to share the treasure of truth-filled wisdom with your children – and their friends:
- When you find living gold, the treasure of wisdom, share it with your children.
- Talk of your discoveries on the way to the store, the library, the swim meet.
- Point your children to The Source of all wisdom.
- Honor wisdom when you meet it on the way.
Wisdom Isn’t Obsolete
Wisdom and truth aren’t obsolete; they are paramount to life and living.
At home … and beyond.