4“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says, 5“Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense she says, 17“Stolen water is sweet, and bread in secret is pleasant.”
If you think about it, these verses are frightening. VERY frightening.
A close look reveals that “Wisdom” is speaking in verses 4-6 and “Folly” is speaking in verses 16-17. What’s so frightening is that they both – basically – cry out for the same thing! Is that nuts or what?
Wisdom says, “Whoever is simple, come here!”
Folly says, “Whoever is simple, come here!”
The point? A “simple” person who wants to become wise and begin to truly have life hears Wisdom and begins to take the more disciplined approach to life. However, a “simple” person who wants to stay simple hears Folly and takes the easier approach.
This reminds me of something I read recently from a book The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson. He says (and this is MY paraphrase – not a direct quote) what makes the “little things” that ultimately make all the difference in long-term success and happiness is that though they are oftentimes super easy to do – they are also super easy NOT to do.
For instance, stopping a snacking habit after 8 PM is super easy to do. But it’s also super easy NOT to do. If I want to eat three Golden Oreos at 9 PM tonight, it’s not going to kill me. It’s easy NOT to stop this habit tonight. But over time – it could be bad. But if I stop eating those blasted – but incredibly delicious – little cookies, it could be good for my health (and my waistline).
Wisdom and Folly are both vying for our attention: “Hey – you simple dude – come here!” Most of the time, wisdom asks us to do the most simple thing – that’s easy to do . . . it just takes a bit of discipline. But the scary thing is, it’s just as easy NOT to do it. Folly would like to see us not do it. Over and over and over.
What are those “simple” things that “get you” every day? Seriously – list ’em out. What are they?
I can guarantee you that – at the appropriate time – both Wisdom and Folly will say, “Hey you, come here!” Make a decision right now to respond to Wisdom’s plea. I promise you – PROMISE – you will be glad you did.