The Beginning of Knowledge

Daily Readings: Genesis 1-2, Proverbs 1, Matthew 1

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7 

What an amazing nugget of wisdom from Proverbs to kick off this yearlong journey! Throughout my life as a Christian I have heard this verse more times than I can remember and yet it still maintains the same level of potency every time I encounter it.

How often do we despise wisdom and instruction? If you are anything like me, the answer is probably, “More often than I care to admit.” We are hardwired as human beings to be incredibly self-assured. If you do not believe this, try having a political conversation with someone. Immediately you will be confronted, 9 out of 10 times, with someone who has no interest in gaining wisdom. We all have it all figured out.

“Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

This plays out constantly in our work lives as well. I know that I consistently have to fight against my normal tendency towards self-reliance. If it was my idea, change is good. Everyone else should welcome instruction! If it was not my idea, the ego almost always steps in. “I should of thought of that. Will it hurt my credibility that we were not already doing things this way?” Sometimes it takes a different tone. “Who do they think they are? They have barely even been here and they are already trying to reinvent the wheel! They are never going to reach their potential if they are not willing to be humble enough to embrace the systems we teach…”

There might be truth in those thoughts. There might not be. One thing that is certainly true, fools despise wisdom and instruction, and no one enjoys being around a fool for long.

So whatever your role at work, regardless of your level of leadership, seek knowledge and come with a humble heart. Truly listen and try to understand where the other person is coming from before seeking to be understood. You will be amazed at the results. Sincere curiosity is an extremely attractive quality in a person young in their career as well as in the most experienced leader. We all want to be listened to, understood, and appreciated. Once we are willing to let down our guard and genuinely seek after further knowledge, great things happen.

Thought to ponder

What is an area in my life where I despise wisdom and instruction?

The Marketplace Missionary

A 365 day journey 

If you are reading this initial post, thank you! Sincerely, thank you. When you write there is always the hope that someone will find your work valuable and worth taking the time to enjoy. I hope that this blog speaks to you in whatever way God has designed.

We will tackle the entire Bible over the next 365 days and I will be blogging daily about what struck me from the readings that day. All of this will be done through the lens of how we, as Christians, can do a better job of living out the Great Commission in our daily lives in the marketplace. This is a “Christian Business Blog”, but I believe that the word “business” typically applies to almost every career. We will be discussing leadership topics, handling conflict, Christ centered business practices, how to be “on mission” in whatever our career, and more.

Each post will begin with a list of the scriptures for that day followed by thoughts for the day. I will keep each post at 5 minutes or less since I know you lead busy lives! I started this blog because I personally need the accountability to spend time with Jesus daily and to truly seek to take something from our time together. Too often I find myself slipping into the trap of simply reading a chapter or two so that I can check it off for the day and feel like a good Christian. Perhaps you can relate!

Jesus wants so much more from us and so much more for us. If you feel led to join on this journey through the Bible in a year, I would love for you to read along with me! Community is a powerful thing!

I would also love for this to be a dialogue and not simply a monologue. So please comment! I would love to hear what you liked from the post, critiques, and general thoughts. If you enjoy what you read please subscribe and if a particular post ever speaks to you, feel free to share it.

Thank you again for taking the time to engage. I hope that it proves worthwhile and helpful for you in your walk!

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