Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8
The Karate Kid got frustrated with Mr. Miyagi and his strange training tactics. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. The kid thought he was being used for cheap labor, not learning an ancient martial art. The movie plays out the image of Daniel as a typical teenage kid who thinks he knows it all, when he really should be open to learning from his elders. Once Daniel realizes that the fence painting and car washing are part of the karate training and he sees Miyagi doing Karate he realizes how much he’s got to learn. Once he sees how good Mr. Miyagi is he becomes open to learning from him.
The first step toward living wisdom is realizing that we’ve got a lot to learn. Like the Karate Kid we often feel like we’ve got everything under control. Proverbs 3:7 reminds us that we don’t. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Remember that God is wise and He’s got things for us to learn. Once you know that you’ll be more open to look to God for direction each day.