The Proverbs: On Being Wise

Is it being wise or clever?

When I was younger, I always heard people say, “You must be clever.”

As I got older, most of the people around me, taught me about the word wise, not clever.

I can relate the words clever and wise to the Filipino folktale titled, “The Turtle and The Monkey.”

The monkey was clever, but the turtle was wise.

Check the following.

The monkey chose the upper part of the banana plant. He was so selfish. He thought the leaves would grow more fruits. He got all the part with leaves.
The turtle only took what was left available, the thick lower part of the banana plant. He planted it though.

The monkey was a liar and so greedy. He ate all the fruits. The turtle was willing to share half of the harvest to the monkey. They would both get an equal share.

The monkey was easy to fool and was easily angered. The turtle was calm and smart.

In some word books, dictionaries and online, clever and wise can mean the same things.

Wise means being learned, and clever means being intelligently quick, among others.

Old people said that being wise is the product of learning from life, while being clever is just being quick.

At times though, clever can mean cunning (when there is a bit of deceit).

All in all, wisdom is a gift from God. It is far from being intelligent in school or grand in work. Even so, it is discernment, creativity, patience, light, knowledge, disposition, responsibility, and guts, all put together.

Often, there is no book to explain where wisdom came from.

Check the following from the Proverbs.

Chapter 1:7
How does a man become wise? The first step is to trust and reverence the Lord!

Thought: The Holy Spirit of God is the best teacher.

Chapter 2:20-22
Follow the steps of the godly instead, and stay on the right path, for only good men enjoy life to the full; evil men lose the good things they might have had, and they themselves shall be destroyed.

Thought: Being godly is being wise. A man who lives in truth will always find a way to be happy and full. A right path spreads light for all to live and see.

Chapter 3:4-6
If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

Thought: Reverence for God, is the secret of success in all the aspects of life. Knowing God and living in Christ’s example is the real purpose of life. It is love.

Chapter 3:21-22
Have two goals: wisdom – that is, knowing and doing right – and common sense. Don’t let them slip away, for they fill you with living energy, and are a feather in your cap.

Thought: Wisdom is a gift from God. We must pray for the gift of wisdom. In true wisdom is kindness, love and respect.

St. Francis of Assisi says:

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Thought: A Small Prayer

Lord, grant me the wisdom of life.
Let me face every moment’s strife.
What to do, where to go, please lead…
Dear Jesus, stay in my heart and deed.

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