Lead Students On The Path of Wisdom
The third step to Teaching Wisdom To Our Children is to lead them along the path of wisdom. Let me share some insights from the world of martial arts. Martial artists speak often about following the path or way (Dao or Do). The ancient pursuit of martial arts was to learn the way and walk in it. Martial Arts was a “way” of life. It is the same today. Students search out teachers who can show them the way to live as a martial artist. Christian teachers have the unique opportunity to teach students about Christ as the True Way even as they demonstrate the proper way to block, punch, kick and escape from holds.
Okay, we want to teach wisdom to our children. Good goal to have, but where do we start? First, we must be truly converted. It’s not enough to attend church and say the right words. Conversion is new life, new direction, new thoughts, new desires. Christ touches our soul and changes it from the inside out. He makes us new and real.
“If God exists, I dare him to sit down in front of me right now and be interviewed!” (Pause)
“Well, apparently God doesn’t exist or maybe he’s under the weather today (chuckle).”
The year was 1970. I was at my peak as the most hated radio talk show host in our area and I loved it! People called me blasphemous, filthy, disgusting. Things couldn’t have been better. I was young, hot and on my way to the top. But it didn’t start out that way.
If you have not seen the movie “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and you plan on seeing it soon, you may not want to read any further.
What I’m going to share may spoil it for you … but then, it may not. It could be just the thing you or someone you love needs to read.
“At 372 miles above Earth, the view is breathtaking, but life is impossible. Whatever you do: don’t let go.”
Do you remember the name Buckminster Fuller? He was an inventor, mathematician and futurist who wrote a book shortly before his death 30 years ago titled Critical Path (St. Martin’s Press, 1981). In the book, Fuller introduced the idea of a “Knowledge Doubling Curve.” Using all of the knowledge that the human race had accumulated and transmitted by 1 AD as a starting point, Fuller believed knowledge would have doubled by about 1500 AD. The next doubling of knowledge would have been about 1750 AD. Doubling increased exponentially during the next two centuries and had grown to about every 25 years by the end of World War 2. Today, because of the computer and other information systems, the doubling time of knowledge is close to every 12 months and experts say it may one day double every 12 hours!
I touched on some of these futurist views in the section about “The Science of Immortality” in my book A History of Man’s Quest for Immortality (Fifth Estate, 2007, pp. 391-470). Though “knowledge doubling” is certainly a big challenge to our society, there is a bigger problem. Knowledge is increasing, but wisdom is decreasing. Our children will “know” more in their lifetime than we will ever know in ours, but they will have little ”wisdom” to use that knowledge.
We must teach wisdom to our children now!
Paul makes no bones about it. He is a saint. A holy man. And why not? That’s what God called him to be.
“… just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love …” Ephesians 1:4
Start talking about holiness at the office, school or around the neighborhood and see what happens. It’s like the plague made you its permanent home! People don’t want to hear about holiness: God’s or yours. They especially don’t want to hear about their lack of it.
“Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:5-7
One of the polite criticisms I’ve heard from Christians about the Apostle Paul’s writings is that he is “wordy.” It’s important to remember how the Holy Spirit “inspired” the Bible writers. Paul wrote that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) The Greek word translated “inspiration” is theopneustos, which comes from the words theos (God) and pneo (to breathe). All Scripture (graphe) is given by God as He spiritually “breathes” on the writer.
“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.” 2 Corinthians 1:12
Can we say this about ourselves? Can we “boast” that we have our “testimony” in the world and with our brothers and sisters in Christ in “simplicity and godly sincerity” that are from God? Paul was speaking straight from his heart to the hearts and minds of his friends in Corinth. He was also speaking to you and me and every other believer through the centuries. Paul was an example to Christians of how they should conduct their lives on earth.
We can experience victory in every aspect of life. That includes personal and interpersonal matters of life: personal habits, addictions and illness, family problems, struggles at school and work, conflicts with friends and neighbors, crime in our neighborhoods and streets, wars and rumors of wars. No matter what you’re facing now or will face in the future, you can have victory. God holds victory in store for His children. He is our shield. He guards our path through life.
It’s an easy thing to say that Christians are a victorious people, but how do we prove it? What is there about our lives that shows the victory we claim in Jesus Christ? What’s the measuring rod for spiritual victory?
We often hear non-Christians say that if being a Christian is like that person (and they point to someone who identifies themselves as a Christian), they want no part of it. Why would they say that? If our life is victorious, why wouldn’t people want to live it? Good question.