Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Musings

What makes one smart?
By what standard is one brilliant?
Perhaps it is from reading intellectual books or by the studying of maths and sciences.
Do you have to be able to make strong presentations? 
Must you take part in debates?
Hmmm. . .
What if those are only a few ways to define being smart?
There are many people in this world who don't read often, if at all.
People who don't study the sciences, who can't deliver a stirring speech.
Yet, these people are some of the smartest people.
You don't think so?
I know of a man who can fix practically any machine.
He has said he read one book in school and that was good enough for him.
Though he has read many manuals.
There are people who can look at the shift in the weather and predict it better than the weather report on the news can.
Why, there are even people who, after hearing a description of what an animal sounded like, can tell if the animal is wounded, how long it has been, and where the wound is.
The man I am thinking of, for this example, hunted man-eating tigers for three decades.
The point I am trying to make is that you are smart.
Even if you can't figure out math, solve some science problem, or are terrible at speaking.
You have a unique gift that God has given you.
It can be writing, art, mechanics, whatever.
Do not think I am telling you that you don't have to study.
No, by all means, study what you are good at.
Develop it.
Make it better.
It will take years.
A lifetime before you reach your best.
Even then, it won't be the greatest.
There are always others who will be better than you.
Should you stop when you get discouraged after seeing others excel?
Absolutely not!
Strive, push yourself, never give up.
God gave you these gifts.
If you use them for worldly gain. . .
You will never be fulfilled.
Use them for God's glory and you will experience unimaginable joy!
This is my encouragement to you, my dear friends.

Lady Jenny


Nightingale said...

Mmm... Very good thoughts. Thanks for sharing, Jenny. Reminds me of a talk my mom and I listened to on the radio by the author of a book called "How Am I Smart?" There are many, many ways to be smart. Thanks for the encouragement to use our smarts for the Lord and not to let them be neglected! :)


Ashlin said...

Wow, Jenny, this is so good, so true. But it's so hard for most people -including myself- to realize and believe.

Brilliantly put! =)

Jenny Dake said...

Thank you for, dear ladies!