|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
Our Bible verse for today: “The one who walks with the wise will become wise.” Proverbs 13:20 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Walk with the wise.”
Eric Peterson grew-up as a PK (Pastor’s Kid). His father was the famous pastor and author Eugene Peterson. Eugene served as the pastor of the same small church in Maryland for over thirty years, and he was the author of the popular paraphrase of the Bible “The Message”. He also wrote numerous other books which were largely intended for pastors. He ended up becoming something of a pastor to pastors and he was a popular conference speaker.
So, Eric grew-up with a bird’s-eye view and with behind-the-scenes insight into a pastor’s life. He followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a pastor himself. But once he did, he discovered that despite having witnessed the ministry from the inside and behind-the-scenes, once the burden of leadership was on his shoulders, he realized it was different and harder than he expected. So, he reached-out to his now retired father for guidance. That began an eleven-year correspondence via letter between father and son in which Eugene shared insights and advice with his son. Those letters ended up being published by Eric in book-form with the title “Letters to a Young Pastor: Timothy Conversations between Father and Son”.
What Eric discovered in the letters from his father was something that resilient Christians also know and which Solomon wrote about in Proverbs 13:20: “The one who walks with the wise will become wise.” We need to appreciate and learn from the wisdom and insights of those who have gone before us – those who are older, wiser, and more experienced in the faith than we are.
The truth is that we are all “works in progress”. None of us have arrived. None of us knows it all. Therefore, we should always be learning and growing. We should acknowledge that there are others who have lived longer, experienced more, learned more, and who have greater wisdom than we do and therefore, we can and should be learning from them.
Resilient Christians understand this. One of the reasons they are resilient is because they do understand this and they do make it a point to walk with the wise so that they too can become wise.
I can’t think of a better place to “walk with the wise” than at church. This is one of the primary reasons that we need to “not neglect to gather together” (Hebrews 10:25). If the community of believers are gathered, we need to be there with them if we can be. There are wise people there who we can walk with and learn from.
I encourage you to be actively involved in the full life of a good church. The gatherings of the church are one of your best opportunities to “walk with the wise”.
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