Notes from Brother Jay

According to psychology professor Thomas Gilovich wisdom grows out of our “ability to see a problem from multiple ways and to pick the approach that most benefits you and others.”  Sometimes it’s how you ask your questions.   
     Gilovich uses information from an insurance survey from a decade ago to illustrate the point.   People in the study were asked, “Could you save 20% of your income?”  When faced with the issue most people on the study balked.  In looking at the question this way they were forced to give up something to hold on to more of their money.  Most decided it was too much trouble to discern what needed to go or decided they didn’t want to give anything up.
However, when asked “Could you live on 80% of your income?” almost all said yes.  By posing the question in this way they could see their ability to forgo some items or experiences and get along just fine with less.

What’s the difference when it comes to tithing?  Giving 10% of our income can sound like quite a bit of money to simply give away with nothing in return!  But, when placed next to the amount left, the 90% we would have to live on, our perspective changes.  We see how little it will impact our overall lifestyle and the sacrifice looks manageable, which is good.
     Solomon wrote, “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom,” in other words the bedrock for all human wisdom!  What is the foundation for your wisdom?  

Proverbs 9:7-12 says:
 “Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.
Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
8 So don’t bother correcting mockers;
they will only hate you.
But correct the wise,
and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise,
and they will be even wiser.
Teach the righteous,
and they will learn even more.
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
11 Wisdom will multiply your days
and add years to your life.
12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.”


Brother Jay


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