"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25
Midnight Blue (1963): Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga. Midnight Blue is one of Burrell’s best-known works for Blue Note Records. In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".

He said, She said...

"You are not designed for everyone to like you - Wise Man Phil

FRAGILE: Sting, Yo Yo Ma, Dominic Miller & Chris Botti

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Proverb: a short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought; adage; saw. A wise saying or precept; a didactic sentence.

Albert Einstein is regarded by most as one of the smartest men that ever lived. A German-Swiss Nobel laureate, he is often regarded as the father of modern physics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".

And while most of you reading this realize many of these facts it is his famous discovery in 1905, when he was only 26, that e=mc2 that he is most remembered for. Ironically, when Einstein published the equation it was almost completely ignored by the entire scientific world. And we "fathers" have the nerve to feel a bit slighted when we do "chores" around the house and no one, and I mean no one, takes notice. My wife will tells me that I'm no Einstein and that I need to relax... "You don't do that much around here" she sighs.

Nothing like honest, if not painful, feedback. 

I love you honey...NOW GO COOK ME DINNER WOMEN! I'm joking...really I'm joking. Besides, I have a strong female readership that I must not offend. Ok, four women read my blog but I need those four women, I love those four women... really I do. Look at my track record, it's not stellar but it does display a strong affection for the opposite sex.

Anyway, where was I before I got sidetracked by my wife... oh yes, e=mc2 and Einstein. Though Einstein is considered by many to be one of the smartest men that ever lived if one would do a little research, and read the Bible, they would find that Solomon was the wisest man to ever live. When God ask Solomon what he wanted in 1 Kings 3:5 Solomon stated, "Give me understanding so I can govern your people".
Then 1 Kings 3 recorded this in verse 10-14:

The Lord was pleased with Solomon's reply and was glad that he had asked for wisdom. 11 So God replied, "Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people and have not asked for a long life or riches for yourself or the death of your enemies-12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding mind such as no one else has ever had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for- riches and honor! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! And if you follow and obey my commandments as your father, David did, I will give you a long life."

Later in 1 Kings 4:29 it is stated that "God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding and knowledge too vast to be measured". Solomon was so wise that kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to him speak.

The great thing today is that we can read much of what Solomon said by reading the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament. Proverbs rest comfortably in between the book of Psalms and Ecclesiastes. The book was completed sometime in the middle of the 5th century B.C. and like the book of Psalms is thought of as the "hymnbook of worship" the book of Proverbs is considered the "textbook for practical living".

Though Solomon composed over 3000 proverbs, the book of Proverbs is only 31 chapters long, with the shortest chapter being chapter 9 (18 verses) and the longest chapter being chapter 8 (36 verses). The entire book is written in the form of writing referred to as 'Wisdom Literature' and it encompasses 910 verses with the lines written in couplet form to accomplish four tasks:
  1. To reinforce each other.
  2. To provide contrast.
  3. To complete a thought.
  4. And to be easy to teach & easy to remember. 
Jewish teachers are believed to have made extensive use of the Proverbs to train their people in holding fast to righteousness and in the same way they used this wonderful gift of wise words and insight we can do the same today in each one of our lives.

All one has to do is read "a" chapter a day for one month and in those months that has less than thirty days you read "two" chapters just one day. I can guarantee if you try this exercise for "90" days you will be wiser than you were "91" days prior.

Think about it, what do you have to lose. In "90" days time you will be smarter than you were before you started this "little" exercise. I don't know about you but I can't get enough wisdom in my life... I really don't think I'm alone either.
Finally, e=mc2 stands for "energy=mass x celerity (swiftness/speed of light) squared". Each day we have the opportunity to personalize that equation and use it in our daily lives. If we dare to take the "mass" that is our body and brains and accelerate with a desire that burns deep inside that causes a "speed of light" approach to life we will create more "energy" inside, and outside, of ourselves that people can't help but to recognize.

Make today the day the day you decide to become wiser. It is up to you. 

It is said that there are "four" levels of competency that each individual entertains in their lives. The four levels are:
  • Unconsciously incompetent
    • These are the people that don't even know what they don't know.
  • Consciously incompetent
    • These are the people that realize what they don't know. They acknowledge that they don't really know that much.They don't always except this truth they just understand where they currently are.
  • Consciously competent
    • These people are insufferable. Most of the time they feel the need to let you know how much (actually how little) they know. Do not sit next to people in this category at a "Black Tie" affair or at a wedding reception... you will want impel yourself with the sharpest object you can find. Trust me... this level of competency is not enjoyable to be around.
  •  Unconsciously competent
    • These are the Picasso's, Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg's and Michael Jordon's of the world. Their skill and competency is so ingrained in them that they don't even think about what they do... they just do. Well, they actually do think, just not like you and I think. They are a genius in their particular field or profession. 
Simply put, what level are you on concerning the decisions you make in your life? Does your wisdom aid you on a daily basis or does your lack of wisdom, that manifests its self through bad decision after bad decision, haunt you at every turn. 

It should be the goal of each one of us reading this to become "unconsciously competent" when it comes to making good and sound decisions every day. I know what I'm talking about here, I spent most of my adult life unconscionably incompetent. I'm finally getting to the consciously incompetent level as we speak. 

Proverbs can help us become "unconsciously competent" in our daily lives.

James 1:5 states, "If you need wisdom- if you want to know what God wants you to do- ask Him, and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking". Proverbs 2:6 says, "For the Lord grants wisdom!"

Let's be like Solomon and ask for wisdom... what do we have to lose? We have everything to lose if we don't ask and we have everything to gain if do ask. 

Think about.

sbb 5.10.10  


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