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Leave your simple ways, and live,
    and walk in the way of insight.”

You can almost hear the crisp voice of Lady Wisdom pleading, “Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” She’s concerned for his wellbeing and she has done her best to prepare a tempting alternative to his current path. The smell of delicious food and the promise of stimulating conversation is in the air. She pulled out all the stops to draw him into her better company. The real question is will he turn around and change? Will he eat at her life-giving table or will he turn again to the water and bread offered by lady folly?

The way of wisdom requires more from us then the way of folly. There are more steps to prepare to dine at wisdoms table but the invitation is always in the air and it’s always spoken from a sweet voice. The way of wisdom promises life beyond the long climb to her house. You have to ask yourself, do you want more? Don’t you long for a life that is more full and meaningful? Deep down don’t we all want to rekindle the dreams we once had of a life well ordered and well lived. It’s so much easier to let life happen to us, to remain in our simple ways choosing quick pleasures rather than long lasting joy.

Sometimes being discontent with the way things are is the best emotion we can cultivate. There are things in our lives and in this world that are just not good. We must be discontented with those things. Bill Hybels calls this a “holy discontent.”

Today, we remember the holy discontent of a group of leaders who took action on July 4, 1776. Their unwillingness to linger in the past caused them to write the Declaration of Independence. We celebrate because of their decision to move. We live in this incredibly free nation because they left the modus operandi and attempted to create a better future. Today, read the Declaration of Independence and reflect. What is God asking you to leave behind in order to chart a new course into the way of wisdom?

 

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By Aaron Bjorklund  

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