Wednesday Wisdom With Wyndham – 53

Wisdom Knows That Less Is Often More

I am a “finish-if-it-kills-me” type of person. Yep, stay up all night to finish a project, turn over an entire house to find a missing object. That sort of thing.

Wyndham stays wiser. He figures that he can finish it later, or look for it tomorrow—rather than stay up too late, infringing on tomorrow’s energy. This was his practice.

Oh, to be that wise.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Thankfully, I think his wisdom is beginning to rub off on me.

You see, I “had” to finish a project tonight…and now it’s very late. And I still have not written Wednesday Wisdom #53. So, I am taking the opportunity to remember Wyndham’s wisdom (and Solomon’s wisdom in the above scripture).

Not all wisdom comes in packages over 500 words. In fact, Solomon continues in Ecclesiastes:

3  As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words.
7  Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:3, 7)

Wisdom knows that many times, less is more.

Wyndham has often stated, You can’t easily take back something when you say too much. You can much more easily add more later— if it’s needed.

So, I’m signing off tonight for this Wednesday with Wyndham…knowing that time is precious and God instructs us to make the most of it (Ephesians 5:15-16).

Wisdom knows how to determine when “less is more.”

When it comes to our words, it’s likely more often than we think.

 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,…(James 1:19)


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  1. Annie Rivera Jeter

    This was great. Less is more. Love it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. June Varas

    Thank you, Jeanie! Definitely “Words of Wisdom ” that we can all learn from. I know I did! May God continue to bless you and your family!!

  3. Ginny

    Wyndham is so wise! I will remember this lesson “ You can’t easily take back something when you say to much, you can much more easily add more later.” When reaching out to anyone grieving this is so important. Thank you for sharing Jeannie.

  4. Lori Kotkowski

    Wise words to try and put into practice daily – thank you Wyndham for the restraint you exhibited with me and Walter ohhh those many many times we were together, sharing the struggles of this life, and seeking counsel from you and Jeanie! Much appreciated, Lori

    • jeanieshaw

      Thanks, Lori. We love you and Walter.


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About Jeanie Shaw

After retiring from forty-five years in full-time ministry, Jeanie Shaw went back to school to earn her master’s and doctorate in spiritual formation and discipleship. She also serves as a certified Christian life coach who loves helping people discover the joy, peace, and purpose that come from finding and following God’s plan for their lives. She has taught classes and workshops all over the world and has written numerous books. She has four grown children, eight grandchildren, and a golden retriever who thinks he is human. When she is not reading, writing, coaching, teaching, or enjoying her family she might be found walking along rivers, learning new lessons about life.

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