Summary: Many want to be good at something in their life but the greatest way to be good for something is to attain wisdom. Wisdom is defined by the Bible as that which is true and right combined with good judgment.

“Be Good for Something, Get Wisdom!”

Thesis: Many want to be good at something in their life but the greatest way to be good for something is to attain wisdom. Wisdom is defined by the Bible as that which is true and right combined with good judgment.

On the Lighter side: The Wisdom of Cowboys:

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad


Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ’n puttin’ it back in.

If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and

then to make sure it’s still there.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try

orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started

roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him... The

moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

There’s two theories to arguin’ with a woman. Neither one works.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Never slap a man who’s chewin’ tobacco.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Don’t kick a sleeping dog.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it

back in your pocket.

Illustration: Lack of wisdom

Three atheists climbed into a van and began the long drive to Texas to see their leader. Along the way, the driver fell asleep at the wheel. The van went off the road and they crashed and they all died. Imagine their surprise when they found themselves face-to-face with Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates.

Peter said, “I see you’ve led exemplary lives – giving to the poor and helping the elderly. And your honesty and integrity exceeds that of the children of the Kingdom.” They said, “Then we get to go to Heaven, don’t we?” “I’m sorry, it doesn’t quite work that way. I’ll tell you what. If one of you can tell me who Jesus Christ is, I’ll let all three of you in.” The first atheist said, “Jesus Christ. Isn’t he the old fellow who comes down the chimney at Christmas?” “No, No, No, replied Peter!”

The second atheists said, “Oh, he’s the one who, when you lose a tooth, you get a quarter under the pillow.” Peter replied, “Next!”

The third atheists began, “Why Jesus Christ is the Son of God!” Peter’s eyes lite up. “Jesus Christ became flesh and was born of a virgin. He was baptized by John the Baptist and healed the sick and raised the dead,” the atheists went on. “In obedience to His father, he died for the sins of mankind. He was crucified by Pontius Pilate. They laid his body in the tomb of Joseph of Aramethea. Three days later, the stone was rolled away and Jesus Christ stepped out from the tomb in all his glory.” Peter was impressed. Then the atheist blurted out, “And he saw his shadow and went back in and we had six more weeks of winter.”


Our three atheists definitely lacked wisdom and in the end it cost them a place in Heaven. Today we are talking about making sure that our lives count for something. And the truth is our lives will only count for something if we have wisdom implanted into it. So today our topic is wisdom that special ingredient which makes a life count for something.

When I say the word “wisdom” many ideas pop into the minds of those who hear this profound word.

A survey was done with a group of kids and they asked, “What they thought wisdom was?” and here is their responses: (From the internet Wit and Wisdom)

"Wear a hat when feeding seagulls."

- Rocky, age 9

"Don’t flush the john when your dad’s in the shower." - Lamar, age 10

"Never ask for anything that costs more than $5 when your parents are

doing taxes." - Carrol, age 9

"Never bug a pregnant mom."

- Nicholas, age 11

"Don’t ever be too full for dessert."

- Kelly, age 10

"When your dad is mad and asks you, ’Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer

him." - Heather, age 16

"Never tell your mom her diet’s not working." - Michael, age 14

"Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat." - Joel, age


"When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s

on the phone." - Alyesha, age 13

"Never try to baptize a cat."

- Laura, age 13

"Never spit when on a roller coaster."

- Scott, age 11

"Never do pranks at a police station."

- Sam, age 10

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