Go! Fight Win! We’ve heard these words chanted at stadiums by crowds with colorful stripes of face paint as they bellow in unison with other activated bodies who pulse the same energy beside them. Sports aren’t the only thing we get riled up over. Insults, promotions, success-all potential sources of fuel to light us up. Picking our battles is a different story.
There are things in life worth fighting for. Clean water. Education. Children being allowed to grow up safely. We can agree on that. The difficulty lies in knowing when to pick a battle. What would you be willing to fight for? How do you know when to remain silent and when to speak up?
Sometimes, not getting into a skirmish is the smartest thing you can do. Another situation may need your voice when others cannot use theirs. Differentiating between the two options requires wisdom.
As our bodies mature, it would be nice to think our ability to make good decisions improves too, but that’s not always the case. Age is only one element for some to truly grow. Let’s go back in time to a historical figure we can learn from.
Solomon is one of the most famous men in history. He had a chance to ask God for anything and he chose correctly. Wisdom.
“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” —1 Kings 3:9
Discernment: Understanding, intelligence, knowledge. Soak that in for a moment. This man had a chance to ask God, the creator of everything, for anything. Solomon asked for wisdom. That’s a good starting place for all of us.
Take a look at the people you admire and look for this sign of wisdom; restraint. Do they run their mouth with an opinion on everything? Do they listen carefully and choose their words wisely? Solomon wrote “whoever guards his mouth and tongue guards his soul from troubles.” —Proverbs 13:3
Ouch! A hard, but necessary reminder that whatever we carry in our heart and mind is what spills out of our mouth. I’m going to sit quietly with that one for a bit. Let’s be the type of people who encourage others with words and deeds. Life really works better that way.