When we experience a problem with our computer we can’t solve, who do we call? Typically we call someone who knows something about computers we don’t know. When we experience a problem with the plumbing we can’t solve, who do we call? Typically we call someone who knows something about plumbing we don’t know. When we experience a problem with electricity we can’t solve, who do we call? Typically, we call someone who knows something about electricity we don’t know. When we have a problem with ghosts, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! (Sorry – couldn’t resist)
In part 3 (Know You Don’t) of CCC’s Shift series, we explored how when it comes to “what’s next” in life (and sometimes even what’s now), there is wisdom in embracing the idea that there are others who might know things we don’t know to help us prepare for what’s next. When it comes to “what’s next” in life (and sometimes even what’s now), we don’t just need information; we need wisdom – and sometimes that wisdom can come from leaning in to the experiences of others.
Take a few minutes to read Proverbs 15:22 (see also Proverbs 4:7; 13:20; 26:12; 28:26; James 1:5) and the next step of considering the following questions about how there’s wisdom in knowing what you don’t know.
- When making decisions do you prefer to research or fly by the seat of your pants?
- Have you ever seen someone suffer “big” consequences because he or she lacked a critical piece of information when making a decision? What did you learn from watching them?
- Why is it important to accept there are things we don’t know when making decisions?
- What do you think is the difference between getting information and gaining wisdom?
- Why is it important to know there are others who know more than we know about decisions we face?
- Does knowing someone has already been through what you’re going through or are about to go through serve as a source of comfort and hope to you? Why or why not?
- What are some reasons you see that keep people from asking for advice/counsel from others?
- In what ways can you benefit from the wisdom of someone about what’s now or what’s next in your life?
- Is there an area of life in which you are afraid to be honest with yourself? Is there something you know you need to hear that you simply don’t want to hear?
- What next steps will you take to be honest and choose someone whose wisdom you can lean into?
We live in a culture where information is available at the swipe of a finger. However, when it comes to what’s next, we don’t need just information; we need the right information. We don’t need just information; we need wisdom. Because there are others who have gone through what we are going through or are about to go through, there is a great source of wisdom in their experiences.
Sometimes we are hesitant to lean into the wisdom of others because we think we already know what to expect or how to navigate what’s next. Far too often we are simply wrong. Sometimes we are hesitant to lean into the wisdom of others because we are afraid to be honest with ourselves and with others. We will never get to where we need to be until we are honest about where we are and how we got here.
Sometimes what’s holding us back from leaning in to the wisdom of others is the very thing holding us back from being prepared for what’s next (and sometimes even navigating what’s now).
Today is Monday – make it a day where you are honest with yourself and choose someone with wisdom you can lean into.