The Milton Bradley game “Life” simulates a person’s journey through life from college to retirement. It includes salaries, marriage, children and crisis. Navigating through each spin and move culminates in a day of reckoning when all that’s been acquired is added up and the person with the most cash wins. It’s just a game and there’s little if any skill involved. It’s all about what you spin and where you land. In life (the real one) many people navigate as if they have no control over what happens to them. They land here and there like victims of uncontrollable spins. Although there are things that happen in life which are beyond our control, the vast majority of what happens is the result of choices and decisions we make. And, unlike the board game, it’s not the one with the most money, toys and things who wins. We have just one life and we must choose wisely in order to make the most of our time here on earth and to win the ultimate eternity in heaven with Jesus.

Scriptures
Pr 15:21; 1:7; 9:10; 4:7-8; 14:12; 3:15-18; 14:30; 14:15; 15:15; 13:20; 29:18; 1 Kings 3:12-13; Ps 14:1; 1 Cor 15:33

Verse
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Pr 1:7) Where there is no vision from God, the people run wild, but those who adhere to God’s instruction know genuine happiness. (Pr 29:18)

Thought
If you want to become wise, which is better than gold (Pr 3:15-18), see more success in life and have the best life has to offer, you must (1) put God 1st in every area of your life. He offers forgiveness and grace through Jesus Christ. Making Him Lord of your life is the wisest decision you will ever make, and it’s the first step out of folly. (2) Pursue wisdom with a passion by reading God’s Word, praying, and learning to apply his word to particular areas of your life where you are prone to folly. The Bible IS the Idiots’ Guide to Wisdom! (3) Hang out with wise people. Your closest friends, those you spend the most time with, those you seek counsel from should be people pursing God’s wisdom. Choose wisely!

Questions
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life? Are you reading God’s Word, praying and applying it to your life? In what area are you most prone to folly? When are you most prone to folly? Are your closest friends seeking God’s wisdom in their lives? Do those you associate with most often make you wiser or lead you into foolishness?

Response
Consider the areas of your life where you are most prone to folly. Read through the Book of Proverbs and find verses that specifically speak wisdom into your life. Write them where you will see them frequently. Repeat them aloud. Commit them to memory. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom when and where you need it most.

Prayer
Lord, you are my wisdom and the true word. Help me to stay far from folly! Help me to see the destructive end that foolishness brings. Help me to cling to the right path. Be the King of my heart and my light. Dwell in me Lord that I may know your wisdom and experience the joy and happiness of following your word. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.