Vision & Advice

To Improve Your Morale – Go Stand In the -50 Wind Chill

Ed, my neighbor next door, has a remarkable constitution and attitude. This last week we had wind chills ranging from -40 to -50. It seemed to me that, in that time, I froze up along with my van and neither of us will thaw out. In all the cold wind chills, I threatened to go to bed, and not get up until after April. I have put on weight over the holidays, and I could live off my ample, body fat, I’m sure.

Ed sees the bitterly cold weather as morale building weather. He claims such weather clears your mind and gives you motivation for life. How such weather could give me motivation for anything, I’ll never know as I cannot even keep my eye glasses from frosting up.

“Aim at nothing, and you’ll hit every time,” Ed claims. When there is a wicked wind chill, no one goes outside without a clear aim for where they are going. Folks are very focused on doing what they need to do, and they don’t waste time in doing it. When it is bitterly cold no one gets bogged down in minute details.

Ed says that such weather brings out his cheerful side as he loves to smile and speak to folks anywhere he sees them out in the cold. He claims that the more that you laugh at the weather, the better you’ll feel as it lets the weather know who is boss. He also maintains that, after a couple of weeks of brutally cold weather and wind chills, folks see their lives passing before their eyes. They either grin and gladly bear the weather, or make plans to move to a warmer climate. Ed is sure that most just stay put because they wouldn’t leave even if they could leave. Ed claims that he will never have enough wisdom to move somewhere where the climate is warmer.

Wisdom seems to reflect individual thinking and attitudes. Having wisdom, or showing good judgment, means different things to different folks. Today, it seems wisdom is limitless. So many wise sayings or aphorisms keep popping up, such as: “Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. No one ever says, ‘It’s only a game,’ when their team is winning. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.”

The world has never lacked wise observations and general truths. The Bible shows the best wisdom is found in God. God is all-knowing or omniscient. He is good, kind and desiring our welfare. Our God uses his cleverness and wisdom to act in compassion and grace toward us because he is love. Scripture makes it clear that it is foolish to say there is no God, or that there is no need for God.

God knows there are no new sins; the old ones just get used more readily with less regret. Heaven and hell still exist, and they are not holiday destinations. We need faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ God’s Son, who lived, died and arose for us. True wisdom is found in God and his word, the Bible. Are we wise enough to draw close to God, who is waiting to draw close to us?



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