One of the movie classics of all time is The Wizard of Oz. Truly one of my favorites.
I could not remember if the Wicked Witch referred to Dorothy as “my little precious”, or “my little pretty.” After looking it up, I believe it was “my little pretty.” Either way, Dorothy was something that the witch wanted and she wanted her badly because she wanted the ruby red slippers.
Another movie classic, The Lord of the Rings. And in this movie Gollum refers to the ring as “my precious.” The ring was something that drove men who possessed it to point of madness and to the brink of death.
What causes us to want a new car? What causes us to desire a bigger house, a more prominent position at work?
Is it the power we seek? Is it the title? Is it the applause of men?
I reflect upon this in my own life. My wife has said to me previously, “John, just be who you are, not somebody who wants to change the world.”
But what if I am supposed to change the world in some small way? Shouldn’t we all want to change the world with our own special gifts as given by God?
I believe we should. Yet, my wife has pushed me to consider the motive of my desire to change the world. Is it truly to change the world for God with good things in some small way, or, is it to be recognized by others?
Do I care more about what others think than what God thinks?
What should I truly be seeking? Ruby red slippers? A ring?
The answer can actually be found in Proverbs 3:15. It is wisdom. “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.”
If I seek Godly wisdom then the opportunities will come to use that wisdom through the gifts He has entrusted to me for His purposes.
Over the next few days ask God how to gain His wisdom in even the smallest of matters.
For wisdom is truly precious and should be sought after.