WISDOM: Learning from Your Mistakes

They say a wise person is one who knows what they don’t know, and that they learn not only from their own mistakes, but the mistakes of others.

Road Through Great Smokies

“Suppose you were hired to build new road”

Recently in our sermon series at Hobart Baptist entitled The Getting of Wisdom, Ps Joel Ortiz reminded how Solomon, writer of the book of Ecclesiastes, warns not to go down certain pathways in life. Why? Because he has already been down them and they are dead ends. In essence he says, don’t waste your time trying. Wisdom is taking heed of such advice.

Suppose you were hired to build from scratch new road up to the top of Mount Wellington in Hobart. To do so you are promised all the money, equipment, workers and tools you need as well as $5 million payment. However, there is one condition. You are the only engineer on the job and no one else is to join you.

What would you do, particularly as you don’t know anything about road building?

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The Getting of Wisdom

Years ago in my final years of High School we studied the Australian novel The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel Florence Lindesay).

School

Laura … enters a boarding school

The story is about Laura Rambotham who leaves the sheltered world of her mother and enters a boarding school. Here she is a little fish in a big pond and Laura struggles in the new environment. The epitaph in the book says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4: 7), but one is left wondering what wisdom has Laura gained.

Are you a wise person? Is that a fair question? If you think you are wise . . .

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