If Uncle Rico could get back to his 1982 high school football team and convince his coach to put him in the game, his team would have been state champions. No doubt. He would’ve gone pro and he would’ve had his own hot tub filled with girls.
At least, that’s what he thought – and fantasized about – throughout the movie Napoleon Dynamite. Unfortunately, Uncle Rico’s time machine didn’t work so good.
Haven’t we all wished we could go back in time at some point? To fix something. To get a do over. To repair a broken relationship. To take a second chance. To right a wrong.
I don’t know how to create a time machine that can take you back in time but I can tell you how to create a time machine that will allow you to see the future.
It’s not something you build. It’s not something you order online. It’s not something stolen from NASA or Area 51. It’s something you acquire.
It’s called wisdom.
“Wisdom is like a time machine that allows us to see the end result long before the action begins.”
I recently read this by Erwin McManus in his book Uprising. What a profound truth! Wisdom changes the way you see reality and it transforms the way you see the future.
Wisdom is the reason why parents often tell their children, “I told you so.” They knew what was coming.
Wisdom says, “If I only knew then what I know now.” Acquiring wisdom gives you the ability to look ahead with discernment, to see certain pitfalls ahead, to anticipate potential changes, and to see great opportunities.
How do you acquire wisdom? It’s interesting to note that as you travel through the Old Testament book of Proverbs it often says that wisdom comes to those who:
- listen for it.
- take heed to it.
- pay attention to it.
- receive it.
- seek it.
- discern it.
- love it.
- value it.
Wisdom is better than jewels. Its profit is better than silver. Its gain is more than fine gold. It starts with a healthy respect, i.e., fear of God. “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”
Seek wisdom. Listen to wise counsel. Apply it to your life. See the future.
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