I’ve met many people who forget that, “God made everything with a place and purpose.” 1 It’s when we think we’re better than other people that our ignorance is most obvious.
In a small rural village in Central America I realized that all of my education, books, tools, and toys were far less important than time spent in a relaxing, thoughtful conversation with loved ones. There in a dusty impoverished village of a couple hundred people I was taught through word and deed that while education, books, tools, and toys have value, relationships — and specifically people — are most valuable.
Some of us seem especially valuable to society because we are blessed with great wisdom. “God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding…He was wiser than anyone else…” 2
Yes, he declared, “I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything…” 3 Unfortunately, Solomon’s did examine “everything”; his curiosity was limitless, and it went unchecked. He was the king; few people throughout history were brave enough to tell the king he was acting foolish. Thus Solomon had very little accountability.
Without accountability wise people can become wicked, and smart people can become fools.
Fortunately, there is hope for your foolish family, friends, co-workers, classmates and neighbors — I am living proof that “Some Fools Can Be Trained, Like Me.”
More on the value of accountability tomorrow.
1 – Proverbs 16:4, MSG
2 – 1 Kings 4:29-31, NLT
3 – Ecclesiastes 1:13, NLT