“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20
Those around us influence so much of who we are.
Think about how you talk, for example.
I shared a couple weeks ago that I asked my kids about this recently. “How did you learn your accent? How did you learn to say ‘hello’?” I asked. “Did you take a class? Did you read about it online or in a textbook?”
They looked at me quizzically. “What do you mean?” they said. “We didn’t take time to learn. It just happened.” After some prodding, they eventually said, “We really didn’t even think about it. I guess we learned it by being around other people, but we didn’t realize it was happening.”
Wisdom works the same way. How do you become wise? By being around wise people. Wisdom gets transferred in the same way how we talk is transferred: it comes from people around you, it’s kind of automatic, and you don’t really think about it. The Bible reminds us, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise…”
If wisdom is caught from other people rather than taught, it would make sense for us to take a moment and ask some reflective questions. For example:
What are the names of the wise people in your past God has allowed you to “walk with”? Take a moment to think about them and give God thanks for the way He has provided those people for you.
What are the names of the wise people who are currently in your life? Thank God for them, and let them know how much you appreciate them.
What are the names of the wise people who could be in your life right now? You may want to take the initiative with them now and find out ways to regularly “walk with” them.
May we walk in wisdom together!