"What were you thinking?"

 

Has a parent or teacher ever asked you, “What were you thinking?” It’s these moments that we feel pretty low. Because even though we answer back, “I don’t know.” The honest truth is, “I wasn’t.”

Over these 3 weeks, we are going to talk about practicing wisdom. We all have boneheaded moments and blunders we wish we could take back. But the best defense against these moments is a strong offense. There are ways you can learn to practice wisdom every day. And it can start simply by asking the question, "Is it wise?"

 
 

1. We need an airdrop.

Big idea: God gives wisdom to those who ask for it.

Scripture: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5 ESV)

2. Time just keeps on slipping away.

Big idea: Practicing wisdom or neglecting it has a cumulative effect.

Scriptures: [7] Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. [8] For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. [9] And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. [10] So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:7–10 ESV)

3. Who are you listening to?

Big idea: Find people who will tell you what you don’t want to hear.

Scriptures: [13] And the king answered the people harshly, and forsaking the counsel that the old men had given him, [14] he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.” (1 Kings 12:13–14 ESV)

[3] For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, [4] and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:3–4 ESV)

 
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