“Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set you heart on a life of Understanding.” Proverbs 2:2
As a teenager I never saw myself as a potential college student. No one in my family went to college right out of high school, except for one of my uncles who went to Drake University on a four-year scholarship to play basketball. My two older brothers (and younger brother) enlisted in the military before graduating. I became engaged on my eighteen birthday and planned to be married in a year or so.
Looking back, I believe part of the reason I didn’t explore going to college was that I didn’t think I was smart enough, and I knew I could not afford it. No one told me about grants or student loans. I wasn’t a straight A student, so that left out scholarships for academics, and there were no scholarships for girls playing basketball. (Even had there been such a scholarship, I didn’t have the Iowa all-star status of my uncle, Paul Twedt.)
I give God credit for giving me the type of wisdom we read about in Proverbs 2 and a heart of understanding people and events. Even without a college diploma, I’ve been blessed to work in great institutes (secular and religious) and for bosses who challenged me to learn and grow.
Thank you, God, for the gift of wisdom and for understanding that we are a work in progress. Amen.