(This is Part 4 in our “Breathe In – Breathe Out” devotional series.)
Good morning, peeps!
“Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself.” – Proverbs 13:3 GNT
“He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not…” Proverbs 4:4-5 KJV
Don’t you just love it when you come across some research and just as you’re about to take off with it, there’s this: “more research is needed”. Now you are left to decide whether or not you will use it. Oh well. I am. Here is my fact for today and it even begins with the words “more research is needed”.
“More research is needed, but study authors speculate that people generally become less susceptible to contagious yawning as they age, possibly because they pay less attention to the behavior in others.” – TIME Magazine 08JUN17
Just for today, I’ll equate age with wisdom. Just for today, I will believe that the older people get, the wiser they are. Today, pretend. Tomorrow, reality will crush that fantasy like a scurrying cockroach. Not everyone gains wisdom as they get older. I wish we did. Oh, there’s more knowledge because you learn stuff, but that’s not wisdom. Wisdom only comes with the application of that knowledge. (Have you ever noticed that when you ask God for wisdom, something comes along that requires you to put into practice what you already know? That just came to me. Hmm.) I have friends on both ends of my 25 years and some of those younger than me are wiser than those who are older.
Twenty-five. I figured if we’re going to pretend today, let’s pretend.
When I was a little girl, I had an older cousin whose words I lived on. I adored him and I paid attention to everything he did and said. One day, he told me that the slimy stuff on the inside of okra was snot and boogers. I wish he had prefaced that with “more research is needed” because I couldn’t wait to share this newfound knowledge of mine with my classmates. None of them corrected me: we were eating our own and we knew what they looked like so it seemed legit. Plus, he had told me and that was enough for me to run and tell it. Fact level: gold.
In the first two parts of this series, we talked about what you inhale – what you ingest. In Part 3, we talked about how that gets filtered through what’s inside of us before we exhale it. Here’s where wisdom comes in: it helps us choose what we exhale. Imagine having a classroom full of different people with different issues every week. Everyone wants to be heard/validated and break times are mandatory share times. I still do not know who made it mandatory. It wasn’t me. In my first month as an instructor, I noticed that my home life was souring. I had none of their issues and yet they became my issues. That stuff was contagious. Why? I paid attention. Now? In month 5?? Puhleeze. You have to physically shake me to get my attention. I’ve tuned my ears to listen for profanity and words like “kill, stab, shoot”, but the rest is as garbled as Charlie Brown’s school teacher. After I figured out why my home life was suddenly sour, I put that knowledge into action. I applied it. Ta-da! Wisdom.
You know, we really don’t have a legit excuse to let any and every thing come out of our mouths. You get to choose what you exhale. As you know better, do better. Have a great week.