Common Sense for Uncommon People

Common sense –  dictionary.com describes it as sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.  (Normal native intelligence?  That’s scary!)

Yesterday, as I watched a man stand beside his car and blow his nose in the cold and snow instead of getting into the car and out of the weather before taking care of the task, I wondered where the common sense was in that.

Is common sense a dying art in America?  Are we teaching common sense in our schools?  If common sense is practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge or training, then how do we gain common sense?  Are we really calling common sense instinct?  Even in the act of finding a good definition of a word, we must use common sense!

As I started writing about common sense based on that definition, I didn’t really agree with it. Soooo, I looked it up under oxforddictionaries.com.  Wow!  Read on: common sense: good sense and sound judgement in practical matters. (No wonder I’m always misspelling judgment!  I must be English!)

Now I’m on a roll!  At dictionary.cambridge.org, common sense is defined as the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way.

The bottom line is this: where do we get common sense?  Are we born with it?  Does it hinge on the disciplines of our parent’s parenting?  Does it come with experience?  Is common sense the same thing as wisdom?

Take a look at dictionary.cambridge.org’s definition of wisdom: the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgments.

Oxforddictionary.com: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise.

Put the two definitions for common sense and wisdom side by side, and we see that they are very similar. So, we throw out the first definition realizing that we must gain wisdom or common sense through knowledge as well as experience.  Is common sense in the Bible?  No, but wisdom certain is!  In fact, it is mentions 226 times.  Would it seem reasonable to say that the waning evidence of common sense in our society is directly related to the waning interest in the Bible?

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

 a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:

 his praise endureth for ever.  Psalm 111:10 

Perhaps the children’s song is for all of us:

Read your Bible pray every day

and you’ll grow, grow, grow! (in common sense!)

Coming Soon! Twelve Smooth Stones

Twelve Smooth Stones is in publishing mode.  What does that mean?  I’m not sure, but I do know that it has been an exciting and challenging process.  I read several articles which stated that writing a book wisthe easy part.  That is very true!  If you would like to be informed about Twelve Smooth Stones publishing date, just check the email box and you will receive the word almost as soon as I do!  Are we excited???? Just a little!  Thanks for your support.

What Is Salvation

I cannot explain why I wrote the book Twelve Smooth Stones.  The Holocaust has always been an impossible subject to me. I cannot read about it or watch anything concerning its horrors without weeping.

Although it may sound trite, I believe with all my heart that God wanted me to write this book.  It would not have been my choice; however, if Galatians 2:20 is to be lived, then I do what He bids me to do!

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:

 and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,

who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Beyond the tears shed about the Holocaust, my heart also breaks for His people, the Jews.  They are His chosen people, but they are so blinded.  A recent trip toIsraelonly solidified this fact in my mind and heart.

My prayer is for you, dear reader – that as you read about the struggles that Esther endured to find the truth – that you too will be drawn to Jesus Christ, the true Messiah.  Would you consider all the proof given here contained in the Word of God?  Would you allow Him to break your heart, Jew or Gentile, and receive His payment for your penalty of sin?  Would you allow Him to purchase you from the slave market of sin to become His rightful heir?

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,

even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:9-12

 

Salvation is a decision to give your life to Jesus Christ.  At some point in all our lives, we realize that this world is just temporary.  Life may have lost its purpose – you may be discouraged or disillusioned.  Our world says, “Get all you can, can all you get, and sit on the can.”  But then what?  There must be more to life than getting and enjoying all you’ve gotten!  There is: Jesus Christ.  He died that we might live.  We realize that eternity is real: every person who has ever lived and died on earth is there now – in heaven or in hell. To me, this life is like our time in the womb – its whole purpose is to prepare us for REAL life!   Where will you be when it is your time to break forth into eternity?  Only Jesus Christ can pay the price for eternal life.  Ask Him into your heart.  It’s as easy as ABC:

AAdmit that you are a sinner (For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23)

BBelieve that Jesus died for you (But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8)

C – Commit your need for a Savior to Him. (That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9)

It’s as easy as ABC, and as difficult as XYZ:

XExcuses as to why you don’t need this (Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. Acts 26:28)

YYour pride (The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. Psalm 10:4)

ZZone out: put up all the barriers and keep Jesus from coming close (O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Mt 23:37)

Hello world!

Welcome to Common Sense for Uncommon People.  At my home here in web land, you will find a variety of articles: my thoughts couched in the Word of God.  It would be nice to sit around my kitchen table with a nice hot cup of tea and our Bibles to talk about Common Sense issues, but that isn’t possible for many of you dear friends that are scattered here and there.

If you would like to know more about me, just check out About Me. (That was easy!)

The initial reason for this blog was my book entitled Twleve Smooth Stones. Take a look at that category for some ‘Behind the Scenes’ information as well as an opportunity to sign up for the release date.

For most of you, I probably do not have to say that I’m new at this – it’s more than obvious!  I think I’m doing pretty good for an old lady!  Who said you can’t teach the old gray mare (better known as the Silver Fox in my Noxen days!) new tricks!  (Did I get that cliche right? 🙂 )

Wanda MacAvoy

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