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By Lois Parker Edstrom
This is the story of two great men. Moses was the man who led his people out of Egypt where they had been held as slaves. The Bible teaches us that Moses was a strong, powerful man.
Joshua was a younger man, and the Bible tells us the he was “full of the spirit of wisdom” (34:9). I like to think that Joshua may have become wise by watching Moses work and listening to his advice.
After Moses brought the people out of Egypt they came to a beautiful land where the people could work and find a better life. Moses had completed his work. Now he turned over the job of leading them into the new land, to Joshua.
Think of people you admire who can help you “gain wisdom” as Moses did with Joshua. I like to write poetry and I especially admire the poetry of one woman whose poems are lovely and wise. I have a book of her poetry on my table and read her poems often. I study the words she uses and how she puts certain words together. I want to learn all I can from her. (Personalize this part of the lesson by relating a story about a mentor who has been helpful to you.)
What is it you want to do? What is it you like to do? There are wonderful men and women all around you who can teach you many things. It may be your mother, father, an older brother or sister, a friend or teacher…
Look to someone you admire and learn all you can from that person. Try to become “filled with the spirit of wisdom” just as Joshua did.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan