“Out with the old and in with the new!”
Sometimes that is the best practice. If your phone still flips open, if your computer still has a slot for a floppy disk, if your suit is still polyester, then perhaps this saying is for you. While true for some things, it may not be applicable to all things. Take wisdom for instance. Some wisdom sayings are timeless, such as:
* "Tell me and I’ll forget; show me, and I may not remember; involve me, and I’ll learn."
* "The best things in life are free."
* "Wise men may be learned. Learned men may not be wise."
These and many more are timeless pieces of wisdom.
Believe it or not, there is much timeless wisdom from our very own Bible. The Old Testament provides lots of wisdom that each of us could benefit from. Wisdom, like a fine wine or an aged cheese or a diamond, takes time to fully mature. There is a way to ever so slightly speed up this process and get on with living and that way is to learn from others, sit at the feet of the wise, and keep an open mind.
The Book of Ecclesiastes, written by the one called the wisest man ever to live, shares wise words that can and should have great impact in our lives today. As we study this in worship over the next four weeks, you're encourage to read along at home – you might be surprised by what you find.