August 31st – Wise as a Fox

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“Wisdom is nine-tenths a matter of being wise in time;

most of us are wise after the event” –Theodore Roosevelt

     I love the old story of the fox, the wolf, and the bear who went hunting together. They each caught a deer and discussed how they would divide the spoils. The wolf said, “I think we should divide the spoils evenly.” The bear suddenly ate the wolf. The bear then turned to the fox and asked, “How do you think we should divide the spoils?” The fox said, “I think you should have the wolf’s deer, and I would like to offer you my deer as well.” The bear asked the fox, “Where did you get such wisdom?” To which the fox replied, “From the wolf.”

Learning from the mistakes of others is one of the best ways to gain wisdom; but such learning only comes with a spirit of humility. Wisdom is typically birthed out of our own experiences; but if we can gain wisdom from the adverse experiences of others, we actually save ourselves from unnecessary hurt and pain.

God oftentimes permits us to see the mistakes and failures of others so that we can better safeguard our own lives. Doug Larson said, “Wisdom is the reward you get from a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk.” Those who are wise learn the value in keeping their eyes open and their mouths shut. Lesson learned: be wise as a fox.


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