January 8, 2019

Making Wise Decisions

January 8, 2019


Ephesians 5:15-20
This weekend’s reading: Revelation 2:1-7

When I was sixteen years old, I was driving around in my grandmother’s car with about eight friends.  The car could safely hold five people, but we had crammed eight 16-year-old boys into the car. We decided, on a rainy night, to get into a drag race through the local park. We would race from one end of the park to the other. There were a few curves, but it was an otherwise straight path with just enough room for two cars to squeeze through. 
Fast forward to us on the side of the road, after hitting a giant stump and busting the fog light. It’s hanging by a single wire. In all of my infinite wisdom as a 16-year-old boy, I decided the best course of action was to cut the wire and throw the light into the nearby pond rather than admit my mistake to my parents and grandmother. 
I’m sure you can imagine how that played out.


  • Why do we make such poor decisions? What does it mean to be truly wise?
  • Would you say wisdom is something lacking in our current culture?  Why or why not?
  • How can we gain more wisdom?

Jesus, we come to you humbly, asking for wisdom. Help us to make good choices. Give us discernment. We ask this in your name. Amen.