Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:
16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
In the Sabbath School class that I led in Moscow, we decided to toss around a soft soccer ball at the beginning of the class and whoever caught the ball had to share something new that he or she had learned in the past week.
There were a lot of smiles and giggles. Our group of students, diplomats and office workers from five continents, struggled to find something to say. One doctor-in-training from Africa said she had learned a complex formula in chemistry that week. But many joined a housekeeper from the Philippines in admitting that they couldn’t think of a thing.
I sincerely doubt that a single person had finished the week without learning something new-- either regular knowledge or more importantly, spiritual knowledge and insight. The problem is, we don’t always make an effort to learn.
For the past several years my goal has been to learn at least one new thing every day. My inspiration is the 41-year-old American CEO of a Moscow-based company with 3,000 employees and excellent annual revenues. When I asked him about his secret for success, he told me: “You always have to raise the goal, not just for your team of workers, but for yourself. I think this is incredibly important—learning things and pushing forward your own boundaries. You always have to learn. If you're not learning, then you might as well give up.”
Whether the CEO knew it or not, he was following in the path of Solomon, who said, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (v. 9).
Editor, Adventist Mission