The Beginning of Wisdom

New York is to the nation what the white church spire is to the village — the visible symbol of aspiration and faith, the white plume saying the way is up!   
       ~ E.B. White
If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face;
    confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins.
So don’t waste your time on a scoffer;
    all you’ll get for your pains is abuse.
But if you correct those who care about life,
    that’s different—they’ll love you for it!
Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it;
    tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it.
Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God,
    insight into life from knowing a Holy God.
It’s through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens,
    and the years of your life ripen.
Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life;
    mock life and life will mock you.
      ~ Proverbs 9:7-12
     What a different view of New York than I’ve seen or experienced recently.  I suppose it all depends on what you’re looking for.  Surely New York has her share of arrogant cynics, shin kickers, scoffers.  Lately though, my memory serves up a different New York.
      A New York where folks reminded me to check my rapidly deploying rain coat belt, a New York where someone offered me access to a highly secure area of the Museum of the Bible, a New York where folks I did not know were kind.
     This is not to say that my husband and I were not followed on one trip.  We were up near the Museum of Natural History when my husband noticed someone who stopped when we stopped, got closer all the while and when we did stop to look at something, the person paused then kept on going.  My husband noticed that the details of her outfit did not match the neighborhood or itself.  He recognized the quality of the pieces that comprised her outfit and made a decision that ultimately was for our safety, avoided a confrontation and kept the peace.
     Sometimes these folks are a lot closer than the streets of New York, its all in your point of view.  It is in what you are looking for.
And, and my wise Weight Watcher’s instructor used to say, “if you do what you always did, you’ll get what you always got.”  So sometimes what is needed is a change of perspective, a different view of the person who vexes you, a realization that this person is teaching you something about your life and yourself that you need to know.
    That is where the fear of God comes in. God knows.  Period.  End of Story.  God knows you to the core, and if you (if I) am living and moving and having my being in Jesus, then I cannot help but learn from Lady Wisdom.
     Lord, give me your wisdom, help me to walk in it, knowing that you have it all in control.  Help me to use my words wisely and to be kind over being right.
Humble and Kind
    Because of Him,

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