Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And with all thy getting, get understanding.
When Benjamin Franklin was seven years old, his mother gave him several pennies–the first money he’d ever owned. He ran into the street and met a boy blowing a whistle. Giving all his coppers for the whistle, young Benjamin ran home to show his treasure to his brothers and sisters. Imagine his chagrin when they laughingly informed him his whistle was worth only one penny at best. Throwing himself on the floor, he cried with vexation. But the lesson wasn’t lost. “Afterward…,” he wrote, “when I was tempted to buy some unnecessary thing, I said to myself, ‘Don’t give too much for the whistle.'”
If even children can learn from their mistakes, God’s children can do the same. When we pay too much for the whistle (or foul up in any way), it’s important to take responsibility for our actions, to repent, and to learn from our mistakes. By confessing our sins, we’re removing guilt and allowing ourselves to learn the lessons of grace and growth.
A day is never lost if a lesson is learned.——From Turning Point
After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.