Jesus said that, among those born of women, there was none wiser than King Solomon. In fact, Solomon’s foremost request from God was for Him to give Solomon ‘wisdom’. Thus we have an historic figure who we know was committed to learning and development. In fact the books of ‘Proverbs’ and ‘Ecclesiastes’ are the equivalent of professional development coaching of their time. They showed the way to get onwards and upwards in life.
Do they have anything to say to us today? Stephen Covey seems to think so, and has made a lot of money out of relaying and replaying such wisdom literature. So, I propose to go back to the source materials and see how they might be relevant and applied. Somewhat conveniently, Proverbs has 31 Chapters – so I intend to read the chapter that matches the day of the month (and double up when the month is a shorter one).
Today, it is the turn of Proverbs Chapter 4. There is a book’s worth in here, but since I will return to it each month, let’s just consider a couple of verses.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”
Not very contemporary, is it? A garland of grace, a glorious crown? Yet, I’d like one! So how do we become crowned with such glory and honour? The answer is to invest everything we have in order to get ‘understanding’. And ‘understanding’ is so much deeper than knowing a few facts and figures. ‘Understanding’ (here used as a synonym of ‘wisdom’) is when the words of the learning become flesh – become second nature – become a part of our very being and daily ritual. And that, my friends, requires Accelerated Learning… but that’s another blog!