Imagine a world where every leader valued wisdom as Solomon did, where every elected leader, every appointed leader, every administrator and teacher, began their tenure by asking for an understanding mind to recognize what is good and what isn’t.
The world might look quite different.
But since we can’t imagine our way into making every leader value wisdom as Solomon did, couldn’t we imagine our way into making ourselves value wisdom as Solomon did? What might our days look like if we began by asking for clarity of mind to see where Christ is calling us to go?
What would happen if our every action was informed by the question: “What’s truly good here?” Our task lists would probably reverse priority quite quickly. What priorities come to mind if we ask the wisdom question first? We don’t need a crystal ball to see clearly that God yearns for us to focus on love with every moment of every day. We don’t need a wild imagination to envision the way Christ would have us treat our neighbors with compassion and kindness and respect.
Solomon wasn’t a perfect king, but he was perfect in his priority to ask for wisdom first. He started many of his days asking for a discerning mind to lead his people.
Our days will be more meaningful and more impactful when we start with that request each morning: “Give me a discerning mind to lead your people. Give me wisdom to discern between good and evil.” (1 Kings 3:9)
With those as our starting points, the journey is bound to be clearer and better for all.
Adapted from Mary Scifres Ministries