Smart: having or showing a quick-witted intelligence.
Sometimes I'm the opposite of Smart. But what is that? Like- seriously slow? I haven't finished college yet. I'm seriously getting around to it but it's freaking hard when you have a ton of other fun things you want to do first. (Don't worry, mom, I'm gonna finish)
But I also haven't read that many books either. I can probably count on 2 hands how many books I've read this year. Crazy reality. Hm... Books, books.. Love Does, Looking For Alaska, The Holy Bible (I'm not even done with that one yet!) Wow, that's way less than 10. Drats.
I just Google things.
Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
I have that ability. How do these two words correlate in MY everyday life?
To be considered "smart", must I display this quickness of thinking at all times?! I can't miss a beat? I mean, I'm the first one to trip over the side of a chair but eh- I usually don't fall! That has to count for something.
Someone really dropped the ball in my growing years. Either they literally dropped me on my head or they let me watch too much Ed, Edd, and Eddy. My critical thinking close to SUCKS and don't ask me to do a Math problem. I'll cry instead.
In grade school I had a hard time grasping the idea that some people were "smarter" than me. The thought of possibly not being intelligent enough was kind of heart-breaking to me. I started to let insecurities get the best of me in my middle and high school years. So I started to pretend I was dumb. I would joke and act like I didn't understand things just so I didn't have to try. It was pride, I know... And an easy way out.
Aside from realizing that I'm not naturally a heavy studier or a quick interpreter of information, I was really letting the possibilities slip away... All because I couldn't stand not being the best.
I can vividly remember nights I would pray asking God to MAKE ME SMART. No lie! I started praying that I would be like the other kids in my class that could read really fast and fly through their Math homework before the bell rang.
One night I was praying before bed with my Bible in front of me. It was open to one of my favorite books. James. Instantly, a verse stood out before me.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." James 1:5
Wisdom: the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.
Then I realized something about myself. I am wise.
And I can contain more wisdom through the things I live through. WOW.
What good would it be -- being born with a "quick mind" if I didn't know how to APPLY knowledge and correction in my every day life.
A person with wisdom is like the person who sees when the storm is coming and understands to take refuge.
Intelligence and Wisdom can definitely go hand in hand but I've been granted the knowledge to carry out what I know. Wisdom. It's safeguarded me from a bunch of heartache and helped me far more than those hard Math problems anyway.
I'll take that.