2018-12-05 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Sometimes it is unfortunate to have more dollars than sense
By Larry G. Spence

I want to talk a little about wisdom this week, something we all need, but more importantly, we need to know how to use it, and when. Thinking well is wise, planning well is wiser, but doing well is wisest. We all want to do what is right and what is wisest. Having the talent and knowledge to do well is nice, but if we if we don't use that wisdom in the right manner, we will either fall or end up with a big headache.

A right attitude towards others is a piece of wisdom of which we need to be reminded of from time to time. It will help us keep God's truth in our head and His love in our heart. Some folks seem to live and learn, but by the time they've learned, it's usually too late to live. Wisdom is something we need to try to attain as we grow, not wait until we are grown. If we could get it then, it's usually too late to put it to good use. Some people know how to make a good living, but yet still don't know how to live good. There is a difference, old-timers will tell you that wisdom comes more from living than from studying.

There is a lot of wisdom around us if we would just take the time to listen to some of our older generation that have been through many trials and tribulations and hard times, but have survived. One guy said, "Why can't our problems hit us when we are eighteen when we know everything?" What's the use making mistakes if we don't learn from them. It's true, I think life itself is a lesson and we are supposed to learn as we go along. The gift of each new day is an opportunity to gain more wisdom and hopefully some common sense, the precious things needed in life.

Wisdom is good judgment that comes from experience, but how does one get experience? The answer to that is usually from bad judgment. In other words, we are supposed to learn from our mistakes. I'm nobody special, but I think that a lot of the troubles in our world today are caused by people with too much intelligence and too little common sense and wisdom. So what is common sense? Well, I think it is seeing things as they are, and doing things as they should be done. It seems like if we all had a little more common sense the world would be a better place. Have a good week, and be safe and be blessed!

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