Advent Challenge Day 19

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:1-2

The older I get, the less I know.  

I now have a preteen and a teenager in the house.  When we talk, I am often astounded by how much they believe they know and understand about the world.  For them, so many things are black and white or right or wrong.  They live in a world of certainty and answers.

I was that way too.  However, as I grow older, life is less and less certain.  Everything that once seemed clear now seems more nuanced and complicated.  While there are some truths that I can cling to, much of life is confusing and difficult to understand.

As we grow in our faith and embrace the complexities of our questions, it is important that we seek out the wisdom of others.  There are many people that have struggled with the same questions of "why".  There are others that have had a crisis of faith and came through their struggles with a deeper and more intimate relationship with God.  

The wise men were wise.  One does not become wise over night.  Wisdom is gained through living life.  Wisdom comes through suffering, engaging with the world, and learning from our past experiences.  

Where do you find wisdom?  Have you heard a podcast, read a book, or spoken to someone that has shared wisdom?  How can you share the wisdom that you have with others?  If you have found wisdom reading a blog or a book, share that wisdom with someone else that is searching.  Feel free to share nuggets of wisdom in the comments.  


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