The Graceful Garland of Wisdom. Proverbs 1:9

Proverbs 1:9

". . . for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck." ESV

Wisdom as beautiful? Wisdom as a decoration? Think about it: folly is never lovely, and we cringe to see a fool plying his craft. We feel embarrassed when someone runs their mouth, or ashamed when a friend acts foolishly. We are not attracted to, pleased by, or edified by people who wreck things, speak folly, or display their arrogance and ignorance.

No - humans are attracted to wisdom and its fruit. We want to be around the wise: humble people, skillful people, knowledgeable people. We want to work, fellowship, and live with people who live well - people who have a skill for life. Because wisdom is attractive; because wisdom is beautiful.

As you consider your own influence on others, and your contribution to their lives, consider whether you are choosing wisdom or folly. Consider whether your life is beautiful or ugly. With what do you adorn your life? A disgraceful tongue, a lazy work ethic, a selfish attitude, an arrogant demeanor? Or with gentleness, patience, hard work, and the careful, intentional use of your words? 

Don the graceful garland, the pendant necklace. Assume wisdom. Today let us remember not only to ask: "what is wise?" But to follow through and do what wisdom calls for.