I remember as a little girl sitting at the kitchen table with my Mother and Grandmother, snapping freshly picked green beans from the garden, drinking sweet tea, and enjoying our time together. One of the things I most enjoyed was listening to their stories. They would talk about life, learning, and share lessons with me that I didn’t even know I needed. Whenever I cooked with them, I got more than a hearty flavorful meal and a satisfied sweet tooth. I got life lessons, answers, and encouragement.
Whether we snapped beans, sat on the porch to enjoy the cool summer night air, or spent time together at family gatherings, as a child I knew that their conversations contained gold, and I wanted it. Of course, there were times I got kicked out of the room because I intruded on adult conversations. I know I’m not the only one that’s been told to “get out of grown folks business”, but whenever I could stay, I would.
To be wise, to have intelligence, good sense, and knowledge is a blessing. You don’t have to be old to be wise. Believe it or not, there are some old people out there that have gray hair and literally look like they know everything, but they aren’t wise at all, and to add, the world is full of teens that are “wise beyond their years”, and you can be one of them (minus the gray hair).
Now that I’m an adult, I still value the wisdom from my elders. I still love listening to my Mom and the older people in my family talk. I still ask my Mom a billion questions, because I want to know what she knows. I want her lessons to become mine too (without the pain). I still call my Grandma just to hear about her life, and as long as I’ve known her she still surprises me with stories. Like the time I was talking to her on the phone and she casually mentioned how she met Mary McLeod Bethune when she spent a weekend at her aunt’s house, or the many times when she and my Grandfather would tell us personal stories of living in the South during segregation. I love listening to my Pastor when she shares experiences and lessons that help me to live my everyday life. The older I get, the more priceless their stories become because I realize that they won’t be here forever.
You can get wisdom from anyone, not just older people. I have learned so much from people who are younger than me. No matter how old you are, don’t be afraid to share with someone who’s older than you. You can encourage them in so many ways!
Ask God for wisdom. Search for it, and you’ll find it. It’s all around you. It’s even within you. Once you find it, treasure it, and then share it with others.