March 1, 2011

Learning wisdom from all ages

Let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles. Prov. 1: 5-6

Learning is not just for the young and the simple (Prov. 1: 4), but for the wise and the discerning. The pursuit of wisdom is a lifelong apprenticeship to a wisdom community. And wisdom is not always straightforward and clear--sometimes it is a riddle of the circuitous path.

Who are you learning from today or in the past? I think that we need teachers who are 20 years younger and 20 years older and everything in between.  Actually, our teachers defy age and experience. A child becomes the person of God for us in the intersection of kairos and chronos. An elderly person that we have a moment of connection with become a vessel of God of wisdom in our life.

I am celebrating some of my teachers of life today: Clint, Koby, Anthony, MaryKate, Rusty, Sara, Andrew, Kayin, Andrea, Madi, Allie, Kim, Liz, Phileena, Chris, Steve, Jill, Amy, Doug, Shel, Miss, many more.  I am glad to be apprenticed to such a large, diverse, and beautiful wisdom community.  Hopefully, I lean toward the side of the wise and not the fool, and I look forward to growing deeper in wisdom as I grow in age chronologically.


  1. Glad to be apprenticed to you, too:) You and Peg and Marilyn and her husband Steve and my friend Morgan and my cousin Lindsay and my Canadian friends from this summer and the children I worked with and many others. Oh man, what a rich life.


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