When I was growing up I would marvel at how Grandfather would walk outside, look up into the heavens and tell me what the day would be like. He knew when the rains were coming and just when we needed to batten down the hatches hours before the big storms would hit. I remember one summer morning as we were heading down to the river to fish, he said I think we better grab our ponchos it feels like rain. We haven’t had any rain for weeks and the sky was clear blue, but I turned around and gathered our ponchos then off we went. Right before noon the rains came and it was a downpour. Out of nowhere came dark clouds and a big storm. When I asked Grandfather how he knew this was going to happen, he just said “It’s the wisdom of age.”
What is wisdom of age? Grandfather would define it as knowing yourself. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Over the years I have learned it is the accumulation of all your experiences and knowledge all rolled up into the love of living life to the fullest.
No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning. Wisdom really does come with age: Older people’s knowledge and experience means they make better decisions. Grandfather would agree with that for he always made to right decisions.
Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. Wisdom has been regarded as one of four cardinal virtues; and as a virtue, it is a habit or disposition to perform the action with the highest degree of adequacy under any given circumstance. To put this Grandfather’s words: “Wisdom means making the right decisions at the time they are required, keeping in mind the feelings of others, the love of life and the laws of God.” Then he would add and not necessarily in that order.
In school we learned that knowledge is power and the wisdom to use that power correctly defines us in life. That is where common sense and insight come into play. It seems the older we get, the more common sense we have or the more we rely on common sense. In short, wisdom is a disposition to find the truth coupled with an optimum judgment as to what actions should be taken in order to deliver the correct outcome.
When you add all this together you find the wisdom of age. There is a certain reward for growing older, that is the knowledge that you grew through all the good and rough times and still came out on top of the heap. To me there is nothing more valuable in life.
Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!
I am no where near as good as Grandfather when it comes to predicting the weather, though I do much better than the people on TV. But he has instilled in me a love of life and an understanding of nature that will never end.
Wisdom of age is the experiences of living a full life of love and joy, sharing the happiness of life with all you meet and then enjoying their happiness in return.
What about you are you living the wisdom of age?
Walk daily with God at your side!