“Before you can be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.”
I saw this quote the other day on Facebook A.K.A.: the land of abundant knowledge; shocker alert: I don’t agree. I read this about three times just to try and convince myself that it was a clever saying, but it was to no avail.
I agree that we learn from our mistakes, but I don’t agree that stupidity is the prelude of wisdom. I also don’t agree that wisdom is something you have to obtain through trial and error. There are much simpler ways to approach this gift.
The best way to grow in wisdom is to talk to God. Seriously, you can’t get any wiser than the one who created it all to begin with. It isn’t about just talking though; no, it’s mostly about listening. God speaks, and sometimes it just takes us shutting up for us to hear what he is trying to say to us.
Another great way is to observe the lives of those around you. I, on my occasions, have learned tremendous life lessons, just by watching people go through events in life. You learn a lot by seeing how someone’s reaction changes the outcome of a situation. In this same way, you are able to completely avoid sticky circumstances by the lessons that others had to be taught the hard way.
Neither of these options require the act of stupidity, so before you do something you’ll regret later on, why not give them a try? Take a minute and think before your act. Even better, take a moment and talk to the one who created it all — God.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
– James 1:5 (NLT)