Don’t get me wrong, I adore my husband. Here is a tribute I have written about this man I am blessed to share my life with … Celebrating My Beloved. He wrote a song for me for our wedding, is a wonderful daddy to our little girl, and is truly my very best friend. Nonetheless …
Scott is that person that people describe this way …
- Good Listener
He IS all of those … and even more.
But sometimes, I get a little jealous. Those are the words I want people to use to describe me.
Instead, these are the ones I usually get …
And I’d gladly trade those for WISE.
For the last several years I’ve prayed for wisdom.
I’ve longed for wisdom. I’ve been reading a chapter of Proverbs every day for over 5 years. I’ve studied James three different times. I’ve pondered Solomon’s great contemplations in Ecclesiastes. My shelves are literally filled with books on godly wisdom.
And yet, continually I realize I am seriously lacking. It frustrates me. In fact, there are times when it just plain old ticks me off. I don’t understand why God hasn’t answered this desperate cry of my heart.
But, slowly, as with all things in my life it seems, I’m beginning to understand.
What I’ve really been pursuing knowledge. And there’s nothing wrong with knowledge. Knowledge has allowed me to understand Scriptures and teach them to others. Knowledge has given me the ability answer people’s questions about the Word. Knowledge is a good thing.
It’s just not what I really wanted. Wisdom is much deeper than knowledge … wisdom is knowledge put into practice. Wisdom doesn’t just come from reading and consuming information. Wisdom comes from experiences … from living out and applying the knowledge one has gained.
I have a new desire. Instead of trying to learn what wisdom is …
Proverbs 21:23 ESV
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
The New Living Translation puts it this way:
If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble.
I’m choosing to speak less and listen more.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
I’m choosing to guard my heart … carefully choosing what I read and watch and how I spend my time.
And this one also is on my list:
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
I’m choosing to measure my thoughts … and begin testing them first of all with the standard of truth.
As hard as it is sometimes being Mrs. Scott Underwood, I am thankful to have a husband who “spurs me on into good works” and who challenges me to live entirely devoted to the Lord. And, I am also thankful to have such a wonderful example of godly wisdom to learn from day in and day out.