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Chaplain's Corner: Wisdom Leaves a Trail

Sunday, May 20, 2018

By Reverend Vona Wilson, YMCA Chaplain

Making any hard decisions lately? Are there so many opinions that it is hard to discern the way you should go? Good news: wisdom is something God loves to give to us so we can make good decisions that bless our lives and the people who are affected by our decisions.

People will always be saying things. Opinions, judgments and even accusations are everywhere! The wisdom that comes from God is different than public opinion or social media posts. It is not fleeting—here today, gone tomorrow. True wisdom leaves a trail of actions that speak for themselves. It leaves a lasting impact for generations to come.

Leaders with wisdom

Many of us have been blessed by the wise actions of others. In our Y community, Frank Drowota was one of those people. Frank served as chair of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and was the first chair of the Y's Camp Widjiwagan. His obituary last month said, “Above all else, Frank was respected for his character, integrity, humility, and selfless, giving spirit. He was a role model and mentor to many.” Frank left a legacy of wisdom, and we are grateful to have called him a friend.

Thinking back on your own life, who has left a trail like this of integrity, humility, and generosity? Maybe it was a mentor, grandparent, boss, minister, or even someone you admired from afar but didn't know personally. What was it about this person that impacted you most? As we seek to make decisions and to see clearly through the confusing messages we hear every day about what we "should" or "shouldn't" be doing with our lives, let us look to the wise leaders who have come before us. And above all, let us look to the Lord. 

What does wisdom from God look like?

It is described in James 3:13-18:

"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such 'wisdom' does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness," (NIV).

Let's pray together

Lord, we are grateful for the way you are so ready to offer us wisdom when we ask. We need your wisdom every day as we make personal decisions, family decisions and as we take actions that impact the community. Please guide us with your grace and give us patience to wait for your wisdom to be revealed; we welcome your divine help. Thank you for your faithfulness and steadfast love. Amen.

Learn more about the Y's Spirit and Mind Ministries

At the YMCA, we know that growing in spirit, mind and body is the surest path to holistic wellbeing. Our library of Spirit and Mind workshops, seminars and small group classes is designed to support growth in physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health.

Vona Wilson, Chaplain at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, focuses on addressing the most pressing spirit and mind needs of our members, strengthening our organization's ties with local churches, and acting as pastoral resource for our staff.

An ordained Elder with the United Methodist Church, Vona has served in various church ministry and leadership development roles. She has a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and is working on her doctorate in ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.

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