When our Rwandan friend Alain visited us a few months ago, he said that the topography of the part of Colorado we live in reminds him of old westerns he watched as a child. Alain and I visited the Garden of the Gods together and observed how easy it would be to set up an ambush like the ones we saw in many cowboy movies.
We often think of an ambush as someone waiting for us to come around a corner so we can be attacked. Getting ambushed is never good!
Imagine the lunacy of us setting up ambushes for ourselves? According to Proverbs 1:18, fools “set an ambush for their own lives.”
“Foolishness” is contrasted with “wisdom” throughout Scripture. You may think wisdom is a rare commodity these days. Actually, wisdom has been a rare commodity for millennia. The Book of Proverbs is loaded with insights about wisdom and its many benefits, but humans often make foolish choices instead.
One of the things I love most about our work in Rwanda is the plethora of people who pitch in to help our Rwandan community grow in wisdom. My friend Jamie Whyte is a great example. He and Steve Spicer, the Founder of “Marked Men for Christ,” have helped men around the world experience a relationship with Jesus like never before. They are both inspirational sources of encouragement to the men they meet! In this week’s video, you’ll see Jamie and Steve on the ground in Rwanda, strengthening men on our team and in our community.
Whether it is during a chapel service for students on our campus, or in a Men of Hope meeting in the community, we are working together to help each other grow in wisdom.
We don’t want to watch people set ambushes for themselves. May God guide us as we help them apply His principles for life and make wise choices for their futures. This is just one more way we dream about seeing this entire community transformed!
If we’re honest, we all know we have made bad choices that have affected our lives. Why not decide today to stop setting traps for ourselves and living lives of wisdom instead?