I was told many times as a kid that I was “wise beyond my years” and had “wisdom beyond my years.” Of course as I kid that made me puff up in pride and keep on pursuing this “wisdom” I seemed to posses that not many my age had. But as you get older you look back and say “if that was wisdom, then I must be divine now.” Which is certainly not the case.
What the older generation was telling me at that age was that I was thinking more like an adult than a child. Though I can honestly say I don’t know what the heck I was thinking. At least the adults noticed something about me, but this brings me to a conclusion: the fact I was wise beyond my years was not because I was smarter than most other kids, but because most kids were not as smart as they could have been. Simply put, me being wise meant other kids weren’t, but why weren’t they?
To quote a deceased journalist, the desire to elevate heroes says more about us than the hero. A hero is a hero because someone else was not. It’s said that children need good role models which is true, but us in the USA often want the movie and sports stars to be those role models. And when those stars aren’t being role-modely like, they get a lot of flack. And of course they should, but not simply because they aren’t setting a good example, but because whatever they had done needed repenting of. But that’s not the issue at hand. Parents who think their child can learn more about life from someone else than what they can offer is the issue.
Children will ultimately play the role their parents did. We see this played out over and over again. I heard a lady last week she sees more of her mother in her now than ever before. It comes to Christians as no suprise because that’s what the Bible says pretty plainly. Children imitate. This desire for “better role models” should make the parents repent of not being a “better role model” and start acting as a better role model.
In my case I was different really because everyone else was not. What was said about me showed that there was a silent panel saying that all the other children weren’t as wise as I. Which circles me back to role models. Why was I wise beyond me years? Because my mom was wise enough to teach me the wisdom she knew. She also knew what I would not learn from everyone else. Which she may have unconsciously known.
I was simply wise “beyond my years” because my mom was wise “beyond her years.” But once again, it really wasn’t because she was wiser than anyone else, but because everyone else wasn’t living up to where they ought to have been.
However, I know if my mom was to read this, she would say that she’s a whole lot smarter and wiser than she was “back then,” which leads me to where I want to go. What is the end of Wisdom? The end of Wisdom, or the focal point of wisdom is the beginning of wisdom, and that is something philosophers and societies have answered, though they get it wrong.
As God clearly teaches, the beginning and end of wisdom is God. And our response as humans to God must be fear and joy.
I was only wise beyond my years because my mom had given me that wisdom and I was living some of it out. And that wisdom was the wisdom my mom had learned by God’s revelation (Bible) and God’s creation (world).
But really, I wasn’t wise “beyond my years,” I was wise beyond “their” (my nerdy and pimple faced friends) years. Which really isn’t hard to do. Who’s going to pass on the wisdom test when only one student out of thirty knew they were going to be tested on wisdom? Who’s going to tell the student about the wisdom test when parents don’t think they have it nor they think it’s a test either? Who’s going to tell the parents and students when the people of God don’t know?
This is why we need teachers who laugh at the scales of the modern philosophers and teachers. Children need to be held to the standard God sets not what modern hypnocology says. It hypnotizes us into thinking the Cool-Aid man is God and that god is full of sugar and dye. Two things kids love to eat and play with, not fear and glory in.
The ultimate test of wisdom is if you are going to obey God or disobey. As for me and my wife, and soon to be son, we are smart enough to know God is a whole lot smarter than us and whatever He says is better than whatever clay men who seem to hold Cool Aid in their vessel.
But more on the Cool-Aid man later.