We’ve all done stupid, or unwise, things. Sometimes we really don’t intend to, stupid just happens. Other times, we don’t intentionally make unwise choices or do unwise things, but we also don’t intentionally avoid these bad choices. In these times, we semi-willfully allow the unwise choices. Regretfully, we slide down the slope of unwise thinking and choosing.
Why We Slip into Stupid
Many wrong choices are based on wrong thinking, the “stinking thinking” we easily fall into. Warped thinking and beliefs lead us to unhealthy emotions. It’s so easy to then get wrapped up in ourselves, to become self-centered, to feel sorry for ourselves and to forget about others and their needs. Once we go down that path, wrong behaviors are quick to follow.
Wrong thinking ➔ wrong beliefs ➔ wrong emotions ➔ wrong behaviors
Too often, people make wrong choices driven by their emotions, which are often based on wrong thinking. The challenge is to change your thinking and beliefs so you can have healthy emotions and make wise choices.
How is stupid working for you? Since most of us live to regret our wrong choices, let’s consider how to avoid stupid and choose wisdom.
How to Gain Wisdom: Fear God
The opposite of stupid is seeking wisdom and making wise choices. Scripture tells us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” (Ps. 111:10).
- To fear God means to listen to His teachings and to seek to follow them.
- To fear God means to “revere” Him, to hold Him high, to honor and respect Him.
- To fear God implies submitting ourselves to His authority and leadership.
- To fear God and following Him is good for us: it protects us from stupid choices and guides us to make wise ones.
- Bottom line: To fear God is a mind shift. It’s fundamentally about developing a loving, trusting relationship with our Creator. He doesn’t want us to just obey Him, He wants to bless us.
- Read God’s Word daily and apply it to your life.
- Make a point to do what you know is right, every day.
- Join a Bible study with others who are serious about fearing God.
- Work on correcting those wrong thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
- Take note of the areas where you stumble. Get others to help you overcome your weakness.