A Choice of Instructors

Pastor Wayne

Life has given us two very effective teachers. Both are top-flight instructors, but neither comes cheap. While both are effective, both require something of us. We have to choose one or the other, and if we choose neither, the second will be chosen for us.

The teachers are Wisdom and Consequences.

You can learn a great deal from either of these teachers. I should warn you, however, of the huge difference in their instructional styles. While Wisdom will amaze and delight you with her lessons, Consequences will leave you breathless—and not in a good way. The truth is, Consequences is by far the tougher teacher of the two.

For one thing, Consequences’ enrollment price and ongoing tuition is sky-high. Oh, she’ll teach you well, alright—but by the time you learn her lessons, her instruction may have cost you years. It may have cost you your marriage, your family, your job, your ministry, perhaps even your life. Consequences has a huge back-end cost.

In your younger years, did you ever think you were Superman or Wonder Woman—and then jump off a fence or doghouse to prove it? A friend of mine was reflecting on his childhood not long ago, and told me how his big brother convinced him he was Superboy. Nothing could hurt him! In fact, to prove it, the older brother challenged him to walk over to a patch of white clover, and step barefoot on one of the busy honeybees attending the blossoms.

His brother was very convincing, so my friend took his little bare feet over to the clover and trod on the bee. He said he didn’t know which hurt the most, the stinger in his foot, or the realization that he’d been deceived.

He wasn’t invulnerable at all.

All of us have learned something from personal experience that has made us a little wiser. But lessons like these inflict real suffering and acute pain—sometimes much, much more painful than a bee sting.

Suppose you run full blast into a wall—and bang, you break your nose. What did you learn?

“Wall hard, nose soft; wall win, nose lose.”

Good! Are you wiser now? What’s the lesson?

“Don’t run into walls that don’t move full blast right along with you.”

Congratulations, You’ve garnered a pearl of wisdom from a personal experience that included some significant suffering and pain.

So now you’ve got your pearl. It’s very nice, It’s valuable. But that’s just one pearl…one nugget, one checker piece, one bit of treasure. And in order to be the husband or wife or teacher or leader that you want to be, it will require a whole bag full of such treasures.

How else will you know how to navigate life’s twists and turns? To get to where you want to be, you’ll need far more wisdom than what you gained from your unfortunate experience with the wall.

The truth is, you don’t have enough bones in your body to shatter in order to gain the amount of wisdom you need to succeed in these difficult days. To garner the necessary wisdom you need to be the mom, the dad, the businessman, the pastor, or the leader you want to be, you just don’t have enough noses to break.

Oh, you’ll learn

Fair enough. But if I could visit everyone who’s reading this right now and learn from them the wisdom they have gained through suffering—but I could get it without breaking my nose—then wouldn’t I be a very rich man? I would have wisdom beyond my years. I would have insight far beyond my experience. I would have wisdom way beyond what I could have garnered on my own.

In fact, I’ve have the wisdom of the ages.

If you are willing, the Bible will give you wisdom beyond your years…and save you from heartache beyond your imagination. All you need to do is look.

Pastor Wayne