Daily D – Proverbs 23:12
Apply yourself to discipline and listen to words of knowledge.
PROVERBS 23:12 (CSB)
Give yourselves to disciplined instruction; open your ears to tested knowledge.(MSG)
Intelligence is a choice. Ignorance is always an alternative. We are about as smart as we choose to be.
There is no reason to live a life of unknowing today. Learning has never been easier. Books and other reading materials are more readily available than at any time in human history. Podcasts on any and every subject are there to fill gaps of knowledge and to update understanding. YouTube provides instruction for everything from handyman projects to TED Talks.
Consider two kinds of mind-broadening pursuits. Learn more about your field of endeavor. Keep up with the latest trends. Review the foundations. Enhance your expertise. Disciplined attention to detail makes you more productive and effective. This quite often leads to more money deposited in your bank account.
Learn more about your hobby. What would make you better at your game of choice? What would enrich your disciplined pursuit of restorative recreation? What would so enliven your time away from work that it made your time at work more purposeful and productive?
Lifelong learners live broader, deeper lives.
If you really want to maximize your intelligence, take a friend or loved one along on the ride. Do it together. Learn from one another. Encourage one another. Celebrate one another.
Full minds and healthy lifestyles of growth and development honor God and serve others. How will you give God a reason to smile today?
I will pursue enhanced intelligence through disciplined learning.
Our Father, I have so much to learn. Give me a growth plan that honors you and serves others. Amen.
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1 Kings 22:34 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.”
1 Kings 21:25, 26 (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
2 Chronicles 15:1, 2 The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.”