Mistakes are the most destructive force in our lives.”


The caption caught my attention as I thumbed through a SkyMall magazine on a recent flight. I do hate mistakes, don’t you?


I’m not really a perfectionist, but I don’t like to waste time. We never seem to have enough of this valuable resource. 


Wouldn’t it be great if every plan not only was the best thought out, but also was carried out with the greatest efficiency?


Well, that pretty much sums up what it’s like to be wise.


Wise” – Greek adjective “sophos” – Forming the best plans and using the best means for their execution.


Let’s look at some spiritual principles regarding wisdom:


  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10)

      • It starts with attitude: an attitude that respects God.  Without it, we won’t have the best plan, because we won’t be listening to the Best Planner. If we don’t have the best plan, how much less will we know how best to execute.


      • Sometimes we are terrified at what God might “do to us” if we turn planning over to Him. If you are at this point, start with being willing to be willing. Ask Him to reveal how much better His plans are than your own. Pray that He will reveal Himself so as to increase your faith.

  • Truth and wisdom go hand in hand. (Psalm 51:6)



  • Wisdom is given first to the heart, not the mind (Proverbs 2:10). 


      • When our heart has adopted a submissive attitude to obey God, then our heart is open to hear His plans for us.


      • John MacArthur says, “Wisdom then is not what I know, wisdom is how I live”. As wisdom bubbles forth from our inner being, it will naturally affect our decisions and actions.


So how do you keep from making mistakes? In parenting? Mentoring? Just plain living?


(Hint: I am pretty sure it’s not by shopping on SkyMall.)



I stand again at the fork in the road. One leads within and one without.


The outer pathway leads to the familiar – I’ve trod this pathway many times before. 


It’s easy to navigate, with plenty of pit stops. All signs say it was built with me in mind. I love it’s promise of liberty.


I can do what I want, when I want – and be comfortable to boot. I dawdle here, stopping to pick up bits of satisfaction all along the way. 


Yet, each time I satisfy one passion, another screams for attention. One desire spawns another until I’m not sure what I really want anymore. I eat, or sleep, or shop or surf – all to escape the cacophony.  But the gnawing seems only to grow. The more I get, the more I want. My needs remain unmet and yet, I anxiously crave for more.


Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” (James 3:15-16)


And then I remember the fork.


This inner pathway leads only to the unseen


When I walk this path, I realize that I’m not the main figure here, but He is. It is not my will, my desire, my wants – but His that is being manifested along this road. I am not central.


The longer I walk here, the more distant the view of the outer road becomes. When I keep looking ahead, I see more of His Kingdom, both beyond and before, while noticing less and less the mess that is “me”. 


Along the inner path, I am not alone with my fear. Because He is with me, I shall not want. The cessation of desire is the true pathway of joy and peace. In giving Him my desires, they gradually decline over time. I find myself with the desires of my heart because that desire is Singular.


So today, again, I choose the unseen way. Even as I begin, I am timid, because it is indeed the road less traveled. I cling to the promise of His Presence and ask that He guide my weak and feeble steps.


The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:17-18).


Which way will you choose?