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A One Step Process To Gaining Wisdom

By Doug Franklin October 29, 2013

I’ve noticed that not much is written on gaining wisdom, no how-to-books or free downloads on the internet. I wonder why – because it seems so important.

I have had a fascination with wisdom since I was a teenager. In high school I took a class on Practical Christian Living, the class focused on the book of James. In the first chapter, James says that wisdom is a free gift of God and given to anyone who asks. A “freebie” given to anyone who asks, in other words, it’s not one of those gifts that’s given to a select few but instead given to those that remember to ask. So I started asking – every day in my prayer journal I wrote “Lord give me wisdom, you said whoever asks shall receive, so I am asking.” I believe it has been the single most significant thing I have done with my life. Not to say that I have more wisdom than others but I believe that God has honored my requested and given me the insights that I have needed for the mission He has given me.

So why isn’t more said about a simple truth that can change our lives? Maybe the simplicity of God’s gracious gift is the problem. We often think that God’s great mysteries are shrouded in secrecy when the truth might be that it’s as simple as asking.

So my practical application for you is to ask God for the “freebie gift” of wisdom and then to delight in the simplicity of our All Mighty God.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More