The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
Money doesn’t buy intelligence. It can’t pay the full price for maturity either. Recent weeks have seen the societal fall of another success story—a basketball owner who trusted his sad and outdated thinking to a friendship he had foolishly built. I don’t need to spend even a paragraph explaining why his words and actions have been beyond foolish. A child can see that.
But among the greater truths his story tells is that money doesn’t make you smarter. So when God brought Solomon the opportunity to have whatever he would desire, the wise king chose wisdom—evidence that he had some of that even before God filled him up with it.
That’s the core message of the book of Proverbs, and it’s the thing beating on my brain today as well. Rather than mock the foolishness that swims past you on life’s river every day, grab a paddle and head for wisdom. Make good choices, better choices, even the best choices because you think through the life you want and you intentionally want to get there. Don’t just float with the current.
Wisdom is better than rubies. I think Solomon said something like that. It’s interesting to note that Solomon ended up with a lot of both. Perhaps that’s evidence that wisdom can bring wealth, but there is no evidence that it works the other way. Money won’t make you wiser.