Happy New Year and welcome to my very first blog post!
Initially, I’m planning one blog post per week beginning on the first Sunday of each month and posting every Sunday in the month thereafter.
Sundays may be the quietest day of the week for many folks before the busy workweek begins. Hopefully readers will be able to take some quiet time and meditate on the wisdom presented before all the busyness begins!
Webster’s Dictionary defines wisdom as “the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships; to have good sense, good judgement”.
The Revell Bible Dictionary defines wisdom as “the ability to discern right choices. While the ability to make wise choices depends on possession of relevant knowledge, wisdom in Scripture refers to the distinct mental process of weighing and judging alternatives”.
Crime, corruption, violence in our streets, addictions and moral decay are running rampant in our nation and around the world today. It’s obvious there is a desperate need for wisdom and truth leading to better judgement in the decisions being made by many individuals these days!
Daily Wisdom to Start Our New Year
Originally, I drafted these nuggets of wisdom below to share with our amazing and talented grandchildren. I put a copy in each of their Christmas stockings and encouraged them to read the one corresponding to each day of the week this year. Not a very exciting stocking stuffer, I know! My hope and prayer is they will take this wisdom with them, apply it to their lives as they grow and even share it with their friends.
It didn’t take long to realize these nuggets of wisdom might also be beneficial for anyone desiring to make positive changes in their lives, no matter their age.
I can’t think of a better New Year’s resolution than to read and meditate on these daily nuggets of wisdom each week and committing to live by them. The world would be a far better place if each of us just started here!
Full Disclosure: Each of the daily quotes below are from sources other than my own pea brain! I cannot take credit for originating them, however I did add some content to each.
So, even if you don’t believe in the power of prayer, you can’t go wrong making this prayer your own every day of the week, let alone on Sundays. It’s a prayer written by General Douglas MacArthur to his only son during World War II. I’ve reworded it a bit to personalize it.
Sunday: O Lord, make me strong enough to know when I am weak and brave enough to face myself when I am afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Make me a person whose wishes will not take the place of good deeds; who will know Thee, and that to know myself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead me, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let me learn to stand up in the storm; here let me learn compassion for those who fail.
Make me a person whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; who will master myself before I seek to master others; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
And after all these things are mine O Lord, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that I may always be serious, yet never take myself too seriously. Give me humility, so that I may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the weakness of true strength.
Then O Lord, I will dare to whisper, I have not lived in vain.
Monday: Job security is your ability to produce. Never stop learning and giving your very best effort every day.
Tuesday: Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Don’t take your God-given talents and abilities for granted. No pain, no gain!
Wednesday: Moral & ethical character is the will to do what is right, as God defines right in the Holy Bible, regardless of personal cost. Sometimes, doing the right thing hurts!
Thursday: What’s popular is not always right, and what’s right is not always popular. One bad decision can lead to a lifetime of regrets!
Friday: You can never be at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, if you’re with the wrong crowd! Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.
Saturday: Run from evil and hold onto what is good. Sin has consequences!
Parents and grandparents, please bless your children and grandchildren with a copy of this daily wisdom. Encourage them to use it as a moral compass as they grow and navigate through this crazy world we live in.
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See you next Sunday!