Shared Wisdom

He said to them, “Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”

Mark 16:15

Before we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, my husband and I purchased a puppy. We’d both grown up with dogs so this seemed a wise choice at the time. After inadvertently spoiling Ernie and failing “doggie kindergarten”, we were about to give up. Fortunately, a good friend stepped in to help. Judy had an extremely well-behaved dog of her own. When she told us that her four-legged friend sat up on a chair so she could wash the kitchen floor, we laughed. After Judy spent a few sessions with Ernie, our laughter morphed into admiration. Ernie never quite measured up to Judy’s dog because he lived with us. Still, he behaved far better than he might have thanks to Judy’s intervention.

A few year’s later, another friend counseled us as we awaited the birth of our first child. As it happened, we applied both our mistakes with Ernie and her good advice to our adventures as first-time parents. How grateful we are that we and our son learned our lessons well. Raising his little brother was a piece of cake!

It seems to me that preaching the gospel is much like sharing our wisdom with a friend.

Generous God, thank you for the good people who share their wisdom with the rest of us.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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