Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. (Proverbs 9:9)
Dallas Cowboy legendary football coach Tom Landry used to describe his job as, “Teaching grown men how to do what they don’t want to do in order to become what they have always wanted to become.” This proves true with many aspects of life when it comes to discipline.
Anyone who has been an athlete or gone through rigorous training for any purpose, has no difficulty remembering the things they didn’t want to do which they were required to do to achieve their goal. Often many think they can become great through ability alone without additional training but typically discover ability alone is not enough to carry them to the top.
The wise man is wise enough to understand his own weakness, while a foolish man either refuses to acknowledge his faults or assumes he can succeed in life without paying attention to them. The wise man has learned through life how much he doesn’t know and how much more there is to learn. In contrast, the foolish man thinks he knows it all or assumes he knows enough, and what he doesn’t know will not hurt him.
Proverbs also tells us wise men are open to correction and in fact, when corrected will love you even more. This is not the case with the foolish because, when you correct mockers they will only hate you. There is no doubt working as a First Responder you have seen plenty of both examples.
Wise men are not born wise. Somewhere along the way they decided to heed and respond to someone offering wisdom. No doubt many of them, just as many of us have done their share of foolish things. In fact, learning lessons of wisdom can often times be quite painful, much like training in athletics. However, one hopes at some point wisdom is offered and accepted. As First Responders there are many times when you are the voice of wisdom, especially to those who are possibly being foolish for the first or second time. You are also aware there are some who are foolish and will only become angry when wisdom is shared.
Be aware of those times in which the Lord may be using you to impart wisdom into the life of someone who may not have had the good fortune of wisdom being shared with them. Maybe the Lord has placed someone in your circle of influence who needs to hear some wisdom to assist in the practicalities of life…or maybe someone needs to come to the understanding, “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.
Be a source of wisdom to those who are teachable…