Sharpen the blade ...

Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed. [Ecclesiastes 10:10 NLT]

I love how wisdom is so practical. I think that is why some often call it common sense. Solomon here compares it with the simplicity of keeping an ax blade sharp. Yet I wonder why this kind of common sense seems to escape so many. Is it because some simply prefer tradition over change? Could it be that some refuse to embrace it because they are lazy or choose to remain ignorant? Why is it that many can see the wisdom or common sense and others cannot?

I liken sharpening a blade to being prepared - to leading a life that keeps us strong and able to withstand hard times. What comes to your mind when you think about tomorrow? Are you like the student who has not done your homework or have you done all you know today to be ready for tomorrow? Have you strengthened your heart for tomorrow? Perhaps wisdom and common sense is all about having a heart sharpened by prayer, study and spiritual exercise?

I often procrastinate Lord. Help me to live today in a way that keeps my heart prepared for tomorrow.

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