What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
King Solomon, George Washington
What do these two past leaders have in common?
Both men in history have been remembered over a long period of time for their leadership and accomplishments in life. Anyone who ever served in a leadership position has experienced stress. In my previous post series, King Solomon, Long Life, I stated if a modern medicine advises us to reduce stress in your life and you may live longer.
Yet both of these men as well as numerous other famous men and women in history lived long lives. What major inspirational or common beliefs did they share?
Compare the above George Washington (1732 AD) quote in the feature image of this post with some other quotations recorded over 3000 years of history.
“One thing is the words which men say, another is that which the Gods decide. If the tongue of man were the rudder of a boat, the All-Lord is its pilot.”(Amenemope, 1300 BC)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverb 3:5-6 King Solomon, 980 BC)
A man can achieve nothing without God or against the design of God. (Ahika, 500 BC)
“For man proposes, but God disposes” (Thomas à Kempis, 380 AD)
One other clue, if you are in doubt of the validity of their writings and why they survived over time may be found in the context of this proverb.
“Truthful speech lasts forever, but false speech only for a moment. (Proverb 12:19)
“I cannot tell a lie.” (George Washington)
Wisdom requires the ability to discern truth in order to make good common sense decisions and judgments. Truth is strength that will withstand the test of time. Falsehoods are fragile and will fall to the ground and be detected and discredited. (Proverbs Mc Kane)
In My Opinion
If you study the lives of the above men and their sayings, along with numerous wise men and women of many different cultures in history, many shared a common belief and trust in God to make the final decision of their endeavors. Perhaps this may have reduced stress in their lives and helped them to live relative long lives.
Be wise and honest in whatever standards you endeavor to accomplish and perhaps the same belief will help reduce stress in your life. You decide.
She (Wisdom) is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace. (Proverbs 3:15-17)