Wise Old Bird
by Cher Wandell
I remember hearing the statement, "He's a wise old bird", when I was growing up.  It meant that person had a lot of knowledge and information to share with others.  But I also remember listening to some "wise old birds" (as they were affectionately called) and they weren't so wise after all.  Most of their information wasn't backed by facts, but was their own opinion, which they formed from information they had heard or read.  I soon learned that I needed to become a good listener and sort out the fact from what was mostly fiction.
The Bible tells us not to listen to just anything that comes our way.  We are to sort out the things that are truth, and the only way to do that is by calling on the Spirit of Truth (God's Holy Spirit).  The Holy Spirit teaches us to weed out the junk and don't give it any place or consideration.
We can become wise if we ask God for wisdom like James 1:5 says.  We can know when someone isn't wise, but full of false facts and information.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who
gives to all liberally (generously) without reproach,
and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
Who says you have to be old to be wise? God says that anyone can be wise if we use His Word as a guideline.  Ask God to help you become a "wise young bird", then as you grow up, you'll become still wiser.  (CW)
"Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser."
(Proverbs 9:10a)
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