Tonight is the first of 5 workshops I'll be helping lead with GEMS Girls' Clubs for our area. Leaders from clubs all across the state will be coming to receive training and inspiration for the next year...
Maybe you heard the same things that I did as a kid... Grow up! Be an example! Act your age and not your shoe size!
Those well-intentioned corrections were meant to inspire us to live rightly and be wise. The truth is that age, IQ scores, and even life experiences will not make us wise. You can't buy wisdom or go to school for it. For there's only one place to get true wisdom and that's from God.
Proverbs 9:10 says, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the holy one is understanding." Fearing God means that we understand how great and awesome He is, and then approach Him with respect, humility, and awe. Honoring God with our lives is the first step in gaining godly wisdom.
Godly wisdom and understanding are better than wealth. Proverbs 16:16-17 says, "How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! The highway of the upright avoids eveil; he who guards his way guards his life." Walking the highway of the upright is the way of the wise. It will guard our conduct and protect us from bad choices that almost always come with painful consequences!
Sadly, Romans 3:18 accurately describes our culture today. "There is no fear of God before their eyes." In neglecting to fear God and His judgment, the world has gone wild instead of wise. Studies indicate there is little difference between how Christians make major decisions and live day-to-day when compared to secular society.
Now is the time to get wisdom! We must teach our girls what it means to fear God, and to make good choices that will keep us on the path of the wise. This theme experience is one of the tools that will help the girls and counselors do just that.
--"Heart Prep", Lenae Bulthuis, training manager for GEMS.
I'm praying that you will choose wisdom today. Please pray the same for the leaders and girls in GEMS clubs all across the country this year!