"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

10/21/13

Seeking Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 


When I'm not sure of the right answer to a question I have, or a dilemma I'm facing, I've got lots of options for getting an answer.

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If it's writing related, I might check a writing craft book or  website, or possibly post the question to a more experienced writer friend, or a group like American Christian Fiction Writers, or the FaithWriters forums. If I'm having parenting troubles, Focus on the Family might be a good place to start. Or I could ask another parent friend who might have some thoughts on the issue. Parenting books are also a normal go-to resource. And, of course, there's always Google.

Yes, these are all places to go for ideas to solve my problem. But not one of them is the best place.

If I want to know the right path to take in ANY endeavor, if I want wisdom for my next step, there is only one place to go that guarantees I don't get led astray. And that is the Lord and His Word. Just check out James 1:5 again.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
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It doesn't say to Google it. Or ask your BFF who has been through it. Or to read a self-help book. It says to ASK GOD. And He will give it to you. And because He is God, you can bet your boots it will be the right answer.

Does this mean you should stop seeking advice from friends, experts, and everybody's favorite search engine? I don't think so. But it sure DOES mean you should seek His wisdom first, and lean on it more than anything you hear from man.

By the way, I'm sharing this not because I am an expert. In fact, this is one of my greatest struggles. I LOVE going to "the world" to get my wisdom. It's easier. It's quicker. It's more fun. But the consequences can be devastating. So pray with me:

Heavenly Father, You know my struggle to seek You first in my desire for wisdom. It has become so easy - so automatic - to take my problems to my friends, my family, even the Internet. I know in my head, Lord, that Your answers are best, and that You will generously give them to me if I will only ask. Help me, my God, to know it in my heart, soul, mind, and ACTIONS as well. You are the giver of wisdom, and every other good gift. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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