Now we start looking at wisdom. Several times in the Bible it points out that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Two of these passages are Psalm 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10. In this chapter Mrs. Pearl points out that wisdom is a gift, but we have to ask God for it, and He will give it to us. She says in this chapter, “when you feel yourself beginning to have a critical spirit, stop, take a deep breath, silently ask for wisdom, then think of something that is on your thankful list, this remolds a habit and practice makes perfect.” This really spoke to me. I don’t want to be critical, and it’s true if you do something over and over again eventually it becomes a habit. What better habit than to stop every time we find ourselves being critical of a situation or a person, and ask God for wisdom and then think of something we’re thankful for. I know I find myself mostly critical of people. I get sucked into the gossip game and I begin then to judge. When this happens, I need to stop, breathe, ask God for wisdom to know what to say next, and then think of something I’m thankful about, maybe something about the person being criticized. Sometimes we don’t have all the details of a story or both sides of a story, and as we all know gossip can be blown way out of proportion. Your coworkers could be talking about Jane stealing toner from the office, and saying how awful she is and how I bet she’s done it before, but in reality she could have been taking the empty toner cartridges back to Staples for credit for the boss, who had asked her to do so. This is an example of how what may appear to be one thing may have been blown totally out of proportion by a passerby who only saw Jane taking boxes of toner to her car. As women I believe we’re more prone to gossip and a critical spirit than men in general. I’m in no way saying that men don’t gossip or be critical of people, but in general women tend to be more so. We need to ask God for wisdom every day so that we will have the words to say or know what to do when that critical spirit rises up in us.
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