My car is 20 years old and I have grown quite attached to it. I perform minor services and do my best to look after it - mechanically at least! Over the past several months, my car developed a hesitation when accelerating. At first it was minor but gradually increased to making crossing an intersection a major decision. After troubleshooting to the best of my ability, and spending around 10 hours working on it and $150, i was still unable to resolve the problem. So I shared my problem with an old motor mechanic who asked - what about the spark plugs?
I replaced the spark plugs in less than 30 minutes and the problem was fixed - no more hesitation, no more wasted time, no more wasted money. And while i didn't know what I didn't know, I did know someone who I could ask - it just never occurred to me to ask in the first place.
Now I believe there is a benefit in the struggle, to work at resolving the problem yourself and think it through. I believe this is healthy for personal growth and development but at what point do we accept that we do not know what we do not know?
The issue at hand is at what point do we seek help?
Too early and we can miss personal growth. Too late and we can waste time and money. Wisdom is the application of knowledge to make good choices. But do you wait until you need wisdom to ask? And who couldn't use more wisdom? So why not ask every day for wisdom.
The bible says: 'If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.' James 1:5.
A great habit is to ask every day for wisdom - to ask God for help with your everyday things. And maybe you can avoid making decisions you didn't need to make, spending what you didn't need to spend, and giving time to things that never needed time.
A great habit is to ask God for wisdom everyday.