If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5 NLT
Wisdom-the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. Google search
Wisdom-the ability to make good judgments based on what you have learned from your experience; Cambridge Dictionary
While I was in the process of transitioning from a LPN to an RN, one of my nursing instructors scheduled an appointment to meet with me to discuss a concern. I was the one who had the concerns, after all my grades were excellent, so what was the problem? In anticipation, my thoughts increasingly became very defensive; nursing school was intense, and I felt that I was doing my best, so prior to the meeting, I was filled with anger.
At the onset of the meeting, my instructor extended congratulations for my perserverance and great study habits. I was then asked to give a history of my career prior to entering the nursing program. She began to smile as she expressed feeling relief, because the issue I was facing could be resolved. Based on my exam results, I had mastered the theoretical aspect of the Nursing process; however, I lacked the necessary judgment to apply my knowledge correctly to the clinical situation which equated to the inability to provide safe patient care.
I realized the seriousness of the situation, nurses must possess critical thinking skills and astute judgment during the assessment of a patient, there is no room for error when dealing with human life. The easy part of the solution was for me to purchase a NCLEX Review book which contained nursing questions with rationales for the correct answers. This book would assist with teaching the appropriate nursing actions based on the new knowledge that I was learning in my current nursing program.
The next recommendation given was based on the fact that I was applying prior knowledge as an LPN to my present studies as an RN. I was insructed to forget all of my former knowledge as an LPN. In addition, I was to apply the Nursing process which included Critical thinking skills and action based on my assessment in a prudent standardized manner expected of a Registered Professional Nurse.
During the meeting, I experienced a transition of feelings from anger to fear. How does one forget all of their prior knowledge and experience? I had practiced nursing as an LPN for 20 years, was this the impossible task that would prevent me from reaching my goal?
As a student nurse, I evaluated my performance based on good grades. Even so, my failure to apply the knowledge accurately to the given situation compromised my status to remain in the nursing program.
How many of us (as Believers) dutifully study the Word of God, but fail to apply its instructions to our daily lives? If we are to experience a transformation and live according to godly standards, we must forget the ideas, behaviors, and thought processes from our past lives.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; Ephesians 4:22 NIV
Our thoughts predict our actions!
Satan has many individuals believing that living according to God’s standards is a complicated and impossible task. The Bible was given to us to function as a roadmap which addresses every aspect of life. There are no gray areas in truth and error, or right and wrong.
We are not at liberty to interpret the Word of God based on our understanding which may involve a performance scale. Good deeds are a result of loving God and striving to do what is right; however, we are unable to work our way into the Kingdom of God.
In order for us to put off our old ways, we must pray and ask for wisdom. Wisdom given from God allows us to understand His Word and successfully apply it to our lives. As we continue to strive for spiritual perfection, our former behaviors are replaced, and our thoughts and actions begin to align with God’s Word.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 ESV
God loves us, He would not have given his Son-Jesus Christ to die for us, if living righteously was impossible. We are recipients of priceless gifts: Salvation, love, grace, mercy, wisdom…godly knowledge and the abilty to communicate with God, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It is possible to forget your former way of living-we must do what is necessary in order not to compromise our gift of Eternal life.
Challenge for today: Pray for wisdom.
Verse for today: Galatians 5:22-23
Prayer for today: Dear God, I realize that I have not asked for the free gift of wisdom. I have attempted to live according to my own interpretation of what is required for salvation. I ask forgiveness for holding on to my old ways of thinking and living. I am willing to learn new knowledge. It is my desire to be in alignment with your standards for righteousness. I ask for your help as I strive for change. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz