Foolishness Revisited:When Wisdom Is Despised


“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Prov 1:7

I came across this article written by David Brooks of the New York Times on 3/29/10. I will not quote the entire article (I encourage you read it in its entirety), but the first few paragraphs are on the mark.

Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal? Would you exchange a tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?

On the one hand, an Academy Award is nothing to sneeze at. Bullock has earned the admiration of her peers in a way very few”Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal? Would experience. She’ll make more money for years to come. She may even live longer. Research by Donald A. Redelmeier and Sheldon M. Singh has found that, on average, Oscar winners live nearly four years longer than nominees that don’t win.

Nonetheless, if you had to take more than three seconds to think about this question, you are absolutely crazy. Marital happiness is far more important than anything else in determining personal well-being. If you have a successful marriage, it doesn’t matter how many professional setbacks you endure, you will be reasonably happy. If you have an unsuccessful marriage, it doesn’t matter how many career triumphs you record, you will remain significantly unfulfilled.”

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Time after time I have discovered that all the foolish things I have done were those things done without the Lord in mind and heart. Relationships, monetary affairs, family  situations, professional decisions all blew up in my face because I sought the foolish wisdom of man, not of God.

Don’t be a fool this day or any day!

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