There is a quote, attributed to the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, that says, ““With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.” I do not at all endorse Oscar Wilde, his lifestyle was anything but exemplary, but this quote has a lot of substance. We should give pause to think about this.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how, or if, I should seek out those younger than me to possibly impart the wisdom I’ve garnered from life’s experiences. Now, when I say “the wisdom I’ve garnered” believe me, I’m NO sage! Most of the wisdom I feel like I’ve attained has come from doing the wrong things and then learning from them! Kind of a trial by fire proposition for me.
As you age, it is your choice whether you are going to invest in the lives of those younger than you. It’s a lot easier to keep the wisdom you’ve gleaned to yourself. It takes work to impart and instruct that same wisdom to those who are younger. Granted, some won’t receive it, or think you’re arrogant or haughty, but I believe if it is done in the right spirit and with the proper heart, it will be well received.
I know there have been mentors through my life who took the time to teach and impart wisdom, and I am a better person for it.
Some examples from Scripture:
Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. (Deuteronomy 34:9 NKJV)
I believe Joshua received wisdom because of Moses’ influence in his life and of course, by the Spirit of the Lord.
Now Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and exalted him exceedingly. (2 Chronicles 1:1 NKJV)
Perhaps, Solomon received his extraordinary wisdom from the Lord as a result of his father’s influence.
I’ve had the opportunity, on more than one occasion, to just sit and talk with someone many years older than me. I always come away with a refreshed perspective and having learned a valuable lesson, or having gained wisdom.
Don’t debate too much. If you have been blessed to live into your later years, and yes for me that means over 50, then make the choice to invest. Invest and impart the wisdom you have been given. Then you really will be older and wiser, and not just old!