Follow Your Dreams but Take Your Brain with You

A couple of weeks ago I invited a friend to teach a finance and budgeting class to a group of people at the Dream Center.  

The room was filled with people representing very diverse backgrounds.  Most of them had overcome devastating situations from their past.

Everyone sat attentively,  listening to the advice of a very successful business man with the common hope of rebuilding their lives.

Practical life skills and tools were laid out like building blocks to use as stepping stones into a new future.

After the class, one thing he said stood out the most to me.

He said, “Follow your dreams but take your brain with you.”  

It made me think, it’s good to have plans, dreams and vision… but don’t forget the importance of Wisdom.

God wants us to pursue our dreams and His Word is filled with encouragement to heed Wisdom along the way.

 

  • Wisdom is valuable.

Proverbs 3:13 –  Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding

Proverbs 16:16  - How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!

Wisdom and understanding are great tools used to bless and help us as we attempt to accomplish new goals in life.

Unfulfilled potential is within us all.  Keeping wisdom and understanding as close companions helps us reach the God sized dreams inside of us.

 

  • Wisdom is a gift.

Ephesians 1: 7-8 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding

It’s God’s desire that just as we have accepted His indescribable gift of forgiveness, salvation and redemption through His grace ~ we would also recognize that with that same grace He has lavished upon us “Wisdom and Understanding”  

Salvation is an eternal gift of redemption for our soul….

Wisdom and understanding is a gift to help us succeed and fulfill the call God has placed on our lives.

 

  • Wisdom Protects.

Proverbs 4:6 – Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

There is nothing quite as reassuring as knowing that someone has your back.

Wisdom will always have your back.

Wisdom helps us to see things that we might have missed without it.

Understanding and discernment help us make good choices, guarding us from the consequences of bad decisions.

 

  • Wisdom comes when we are teachable.

Proverbs 21:30 - There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.

Proverbs 11:2 – When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 13:10- Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Proverbs 15:22 - Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

We all like to be right… but sometimes our own understanding can lead us astray.

Our personal wisdom is usually limited to our experiences in life.

God dreams and visions intend on taking us to new, undiscovered territory.

Humility with a teachable spirit yields insight and wisdom beyond our personal experience.

Wisdom is available.

It is available from God directly through His Word and from others who have gone before us.

Sometimes our plans and visions fail simply because we didn’t ask for guidance from God and others.

Hopes, dreams, vision and plans….  we should follow them, but we should also remember to bring our brain (wisdom) with us.

 

Covered By Grace

ITWW

 

4 Responses to “Follow Your Dreams but Take Your Brain with You”

  1. Rachel March 11, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    Danise,

    In the last month I’ve focused on Proverbs an Solomon loves speaking about wisdom. One thing I’ve wante to learn is how do you differentiate Godly wisdom from our human wisdom or grasping of knowledge? I know that there are gifts from the Holy Spirit such as a word of wisdom and word of knowledge, and when I did DTMS with Kenneth Hagan books we learned about the Holy Spirit and the specific gifts, and how a Word of wisdom= a prophesy to the future and word of knowledge= past info. that God uses to bring confirmation? Of course this is a very condensed explanation of the two, but I’ve noticed sometimes with me, I have prayed for people and a word came from what I believed to be God, but how do you see that line where you are speaking out of emotion, knowledge or really from God.

    There’s a situation where I have made some decisions out sacrifice instead of obedience because it looked that that was where I was needed but after a while I didn’t have peace anymore being a part of it. I sometimes doubt myself after I act on something I had multiple confirmations on. That thought, “did you really hear from God, or were you just in the moment emotionally?”

    I hope this makes sense, and if you have any insight, I would love to hear it

    • Danise Jurado March 11, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Rachel!

      Human wisdom is generally based on and limited to our experiences…. Godly wisdom is based on the truth of God’s written scriptures. The Holy Spirit reminds us and leads us in God’s wisdom by revealing Biblical truth in life application.

      Usually following Godly wisdom will stretch us and at times be very uncomfortable for our “flesh” (sin nature) – but at its core the peace of God is always present. Sometimes perseverance is needed to remain consistent and other times we need to release ourselves from burdens God never placed on us.

      I have found that the answers are always found in prayer and His Word… remember that whatever God calls us to do for others and His kingdom, although it might be difficult it will always be combined with God’s grace, mercy, love, peace and joy – seek Him until you experience these gifts, He will lead you in His truth.

      Blessings to you!

  2. Falen March 13, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    LOVE this!! Great post Denise! “Hopes, dreams, vision and plans…. we should follow them, but we should also remember to bring our brain (wisdom) with us.” So important and sometimes seem like common sense, but so easily we get carried away with one idea that we drop the big idea. Love this. Proverbs is full of pearls too. :) Thanks for this post, Denise.

    Falen

    • Danise Jurado March 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Falen! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet and encouraging comments… I agree Proverbs is full of pearls!! blessings to you :)

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