February 20 - Jim Schmotzer


AM Psalm 45; PM Psalm 47, 48

Genesis 37:12-24; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Mark 1:14-28


Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.

- 1 Corinthians 1:20-21

Information is available, it’s easy, and it can be overloading and stressful. the technology revolution has brought us to the information age, played out on smartphones. In a nanosecond we can Google the answer to most questions or curiosities. We no longer wait for the evening news or morning paper.

No matter how much information we have, we still need something more. That more is wisdom. Wisdom goes deeper. We can “learn” information, but we must “earn” wisdom. Wisdom grows through struggles, listening, time, perseverance, and—well, life. Information can make us feel smart, but wisdom is more.

Living within a church community provides numerous opportunities to grow in wisdom. Some of those are:

Realizing that we are not God. Proper perspective and humility are a great place to start.

Space and opportunities for listening and learning where even questions and doubt are valued and encouraged.

Serving others. When we serve, we clarify and live out our values.

Being with others. Relating, listening, and laughing all encourage growth.

Traditions and rhythms. Helping find the balance of life that goes beyond urgencies and reaches to depths of soul and substance.

A breadth of ages. Mixing across generations provides opportunities to understand life from broader perspectives.

When crises arise, we want and need wisdom. May this Lenten season be one in which each of us and all of us are learning and growing in wisdom.

- Jim Schmotzer