Growing up in the shadow of New York City I still remember who won the 1969 World Series and, with the Internet accessible through my smart phone, I can almost as easily tell you who won any other World Series. Thus today being able to recall useful data, even trivia with only marginal value, has little if any application, outside of parlor games.
What really counts is wisdom. The ability to filter and apply vast quantities of facts and act on the facts available. Schools may teach students how to ask good questions, but how does one define “good”?
Only God provides an objective answer about what is good and up lifting.
But the wisdom from above is first pure,
then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.
— James 3:17 (RSV)
Our task is to continually remind ourselves of God’s wisdom.
Have you ever watched a movie or read a book before bed and had a character from the story appear in your dreams? What might happen if the last thing you did before bed was to read the Bible or a devotional or spend a few minutes in prayer with God? What visions and characters might guide your slumbers?
I will have more to say about this passage on Sunday, September 20th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.