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<智慧人生>1/13-1/19/2014

 

“敬畏耶和華是智慧的開端,認識至聖者便是聰明。(箴言9:10)

 

“If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

“不                       。智  為首                 使         ,他  使    。” (箴言4:6-8)

“Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.” (Proverbs 4:6-8 NLT)

 

默想禱告: 近日美國媒體公佈國際學生學業測試結果PISA, 美國初中、高中生成績乏善可陳, 在65個國家同齡學生測試中, 美國數學排名26, 科學跌至21, 閱讀能力為17, 令教育部長Arne Duncan 傻了眼。相較之下, 上海學生則名列前茅, 後七位排名均被東亞各國勇奪。於是沉寂一時的 “虎媽論” 又再度出爐,中國家長們的臉像鍍上一層金粉, 在老美面前閃亮照人。儘管表面上美國民智日漸不濟, 但整體國力仍然有高科技智囊系統支撐, 在科技研發, 尖端技術的領域上仍居世界翹楚。當今高能物理超弦理論Superstring Theory的發明者加來道雄Michio Kaku曾說: 「美國有一種祕密武器…就是大量招攬以  H-1B簽証入境的一群世界菁英科技人材, 唸完碩士博士學位, 通通留下來, 讓他們在優良的學術環境和職場中為美國創造出無比的知識產業。」https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0Y9j_CGgM 回想當年自己以留學生身分來美深造後轉為專業人仕, 印証了知識學歷的重要, 為想要過 “出頭天”好日子建立基本的條件。中國家庭普遍關注子女接受高等教育是明智的做法, 是為下一代日後過豐裕生活打下穩固的根基。哈佛經濟學家捷提Raj Chetty指出美國五十年來想消滅貧窮始終未能達標的其中原因是父母不重視督促子女教育, 尤其是非州裔過半為單親家庭, 居住環境受槍枝、毒品高犯罪影響, 惡性循環持續不斷, 想要在這個知識型的社會中求生存, 攀升中上層社會階梯的冀望幾乎是遥不可及。然而當我再深思一層, 便逐漸察驗到-知識、學問、才智、經驗固然能保障個人物質享受的優厚條件, 但擁有知識並不代表擁有一切。有知識、頭腦聰明的人也不一定能相對地提增個人的生活素質, 使生活過得充實美滿, 活出有意義, 有目標價值的生命情操。幾十年的社會經歷中, 我見識到,接觸過不同族裔群體,( 中外皆有) 當中有絕頂聰明的企業家, 智商超標的學者,精打細算的暴發户, 思想靈活八面玲瓏的生意人,滿肚乾坤的投機客, 和各行業中有頭有臉的成功人物…他們不乏聲名顯赫, 有名車豪宅, 動輒揮金如土, 擺出一副傲氣逼人的派勢。但在這等人身上卻嗅不出一絲清純雅逸的馨香之氣, 除了擅於炫耀一己之財富成就, 周旋於飲食男女之萎靡場所外, 心中口中卻想不到, 說不出幾句有生命內涵, 發人深省的雋語。其中也有不少人運用小聰明 Street Smart, 藉著掌握各種知識資訊,專門走小路, 鑽小洞, 暗中進行許多違法的勾當。在移民執法的職場中工作多年, 我親身體會到, 有知識又聰明, 智商高但罔顧道德底線的人, 他們在偷渡、政庇作假、婚姻欺詐、說謊、偽造文件、編織故事、投機取巧、騙取移民福利的心態行為上作惡多端, 知識成為他們生命的網羅。因此聖經將「才智」和「智慧」很具體的截然劃分, 絕不含糊。細讀箴言, 我領會到「才智」和「智慧」两者最大的分野是: 「才智」的運用肯定是以 “人”為中心, 行事為人的動機與實際收獲都以“人” 的標準作出衡量; 而「智慧」的顯揚乃是以 “神”為中心的生命所結出的精華。「知識」人人可尋, 「聰明」是懂得運用知識來發揮才幹, 惟獨「智慧」是生命之道在人身上折射出上帝榮耀的光輝。有智慧的人乃是懂得用屬靈的眼光,以聖經原則來透析萬事萬物, 在生命各個層面中活出基督的樣式。既然「敬畏(認識)耶和華是智慧的開端」,要獲得生命的智慧就必須與智慧之源接連, 在祂的話語中摘取豐盈的智慧果實。正如提摩太後書3:16-17所言:「聖經都是神所默示的,於教訓、督責、使人歸正、教導人學義都是有益的,叫屬神的人得以完全,預備行各樣的善事。」求主幫助我們渴慕神智慧的言語,專心過敬虔討主喜悦的生活, 免得我們在世界中受世人稱揚誇讚, 但在神的眼中卻是個徹頭徹尾的愚昧人、愚頑人, 甚至變為被神唾棄的褻慢人, 誠心禱告奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

 

Meditation & Prayer: According to NBC latest news, U.S. students performed poorly and slipped deeper in the international rankings amid fast-growing competition abroad, as reflected in the International student Assessment (PISA) results. Among ½ million students in 65 nations, U.S. ranked 26th in math, dropped to 21st in science and slipped to 17th in reading, while students in Shanghai-China’s largest city ranked best in the world, and students in East Asia countries also came out on top, nabbing 7 of the top 10 places across three subjects. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan characterized our scores as a “picture of educational stagnation.” But not so fast, according to the world renowned physicist Michio Kaku, “While the stupid index keeps rising in America each year as young people just keep watching network television and reality shows, how comes the scientific establishment doesn’t collapse? It is because U.S. has maintained a secret weapon to keep us as the world leader in science and technology by granting the genius visa H-1B to foreign students and researchers who provide all the brain power for this country…” says the professor.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0Y9j_CGgM Yet the entire subject of debate is about improving human knowledge, intelligence through education to decide who has more brain power to get ahead in this world, without the realization that having a vast amount of knowledge is not wisdom. Knowledge itself does not necessarily enhance the quality of life, or giving life a purpose, a true meaning. Many mistakenly believe that those who understand knowledge are wise. This is not the case. Knowledge is the accumulation of facts. Scholars have much knowledge because they often spend their entire lives studying and researching. Yet knowledge could be worthless or even dangerous if it is not correctly applied, like the proliferation of nuclear weapon.  I have witnessed in my profession a lot of intelligent people doing all the wrong things by using legal loopholes to game the system in order to gain personal benefits. In this secular world, smart people tend to follow the view that they can do whatever they need to do to get ahead. They are full of pride, and love to boast and measure themselves by their standards.  Only the Bible gives the clear definition and discernment on wisdom. “If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) Understanding is a critical aspect relating directly to knowledge and wisdom. Understanding is a step beyond knowledge. It is the ability to evaluate the knowledge.  By knowing God, we find in Him wisdom and knowledge unsurpassed and infinite.  “With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding” (Job 12:13). Acquisition of knowledge always falls into the realm of self-centered pursuit; but gaining wisdom is always a manifestation of a God-centered lifestyle that reflects the glory of His attributes. When a person desires true wisdom, he/she becomes meek, which often times is mistaken for weakness, though in essence it is power under control. He/she seeks the glory of God supported by actions of following His command. He/she sees the importance of holiness and purity in his/her life. He/she desires peace but does not compromise his/her beliefs. Indeed, true wisdom produces good works to the glory of God and changes the person's life. I pray for this once God fearing country to experience a spiritual revival, rather than feverishly compete with the world to solely gain secular knowledge. Instead we should focus on studying His word to live an abundant and purposeful life, for “God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.”(II Timothy 3:16-17), in Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會

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