As we bravely face a new year, we commonly indulge in the custom of being drawn to the image of the annual occasion to create a fresh start. We seem to view this as a magical opportunity to transform those troublesome elements of our lives into the existence of our dreams. Once a year, we feel empowered by the mystical rotation of the calendar at the stroke of midnight on January first; this key stimulant that we must have in order to hold fast to those future changes we desire at that precious moment in time. No one can say that we are not a well trained people in the mastery of the art of monitoring progress through chronological tracking of good intentions. So where do we fall short and why then do so many of us struggle each year with the same resolutions?
In dealing with our resolutions; we are surrounded daily by subliminal messages sent to us by society, family and friends, our own conscience, and maybe even God. Many times, these messages are hidden in plain sight, blinding us of their true meanings and importance but deep down we know what we should do. The answers may lie in the Wisdom of Three. As an example, Wise King Solomon paired the three elements of the Wisdom Formula: Education, Experience, and Discernment of the Divine Precepts with the three eras of our lives: the Past, Present, and Future. This month we are called to recognize and institute the importance of making better choices and decisions leading to permanent changes in our lives. I wonder if these ancient lessons professed by Solomon could still apply to our own lives in 2016.
Come with me; step back in time to be mentored by Wise King Solomon. He gave this message to his young scribe Arif in about 960 BC. You must be the judge as to if this lesson is still applicable in today’s society and how you can apply it to your New Year resolution?
Solomon’s Scroll ~ 960 BCE
“With or without an education, some knowledge will be found through life’s experiences. I said the word some because not all people experience the same things in life. As an example, I have never ridden an elephant. Thustly, I have no knowledge of this experience. That is why we should learn from all experiences we are given in our past and deliver it to our disciples in their Present, both the just and the unjust but it is only through the just that we learn and master the solutions of wisdom. The lessons learned through experiences brought about by misdeeds, unless repented upon, will prove to be shallow in nature not holding up to the just applications due to the selfish heart guiding the thoughts, words, and deeds. For is it not an enduring lesson to hear a repented thief levy the punishment of grief upon his own heart as he shares the misery he bore stealing from the family with a sick child? Amen I say to thee, the most important experience is not to others in this example; it is made just and true only if the repented thief’s life has been permanently reversed from the course he was on and the evidence of the repentance is made public. Should he return to his old ways, the lesson of repentance and change will prove tarnished and of little value through the lack of trust.
The final third of the formula asks nothing but internal reflection on the part of the Solutionary and their disciples. A God given gift to all souls, these Divine Precepts are many. It is well to say that without God, there can be no wisdom because of all the teachers on the earth whom one can seek out to learn from, it is God who is the most worthy of our trust. It is only through Him that we have the promise of our Future.
Thus I say unto thee, the first two components of the wisdom formula is a result of what has been; what is currently known and understood. Lessons already taught to us through our Past, experiences already learned and retold in our Present as education to others. The third component brings forth what is to be, our Future. To all who strive to understand hear me well and take heed, it is only through hallowed divine intercession that we, the sons and daughters Adam, can discern what will be needed tomorrow. As the charioteer looks forward to make progress, so the Solutionary must do the same. There is no need to question whether these lessons shared are true and so it is with the need for unity of these lessons born of the power of the trinity.”
I pray that we can receive the wisdom and courage needed to walk through our lives’ daily journey; instructing, inspiring, and informing ourselves and those whom we are charged to care for during our brief time on earth.