Saturday, January 19, 2008

A fool's list

Over the past few months I have been really convicted that my prayer life needed a boost. Actually, it was pretty much non-existent. So, one of the things I have been doing to better understand how to pray is reading A Woman's Call to Prayer by Elizabeth George. In chapter 13 she writes about decision making and the importance of praying for wisdom. Her policy is to pray before she makes any decision, one that I am taking up myself. "Wisdom sees life from God's perspective" she says, and then she goes on to write a list of what a fool is or does, taken from the book of Proverbs:

~The fool envies the wealthy~
~The fool scorns his or her elders~
~The fool does not ask advice~
~The fool hates his neighbor~
~The fool sleeps his life away~
~The fool squanders his money~
~The fool despises wisdom~
~The fool speaks slander~
~The fool lies~
~The fool talks too much~
~The fool argues and quarrels~
~The fool is arrogant and careless~

The fool does not see life from God's perspective and the fool does not act upon the knowledge he has been given. She challenges the readers at the end of the chapter to pinpoint your number one problem area from this list, to pray about it and take action steps to eliminate it from your life. I certainly recognized a few things on this list that I need to tackle which is why I wanted to post it as a list on my blog. This way I always have it to look at and remind me of the ways of a fool. I want to be a woman of wisdom and I hope viewing this list day in and day out reminds me of that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW! Not too convicting a list, huh? I think that many times "we" can look at ourselves and say "oh I don't do this or that" and be very satisfied with ourselves. Thanks for the reminder that being a fool is only a "list" away for many of us. Praying for you