In my search for mentors and those I can learn from, one word comes to mind a lot.
A Sage isn’t just your regular, run of the mill, old wise guy. Pacino, couldn’t come close on his best day, but you know who does come to mind, Brennan Manning. Sages are hard to come by these days, but when and if you do happen to see one or know one. Stay close, stay very very close.
I came across this post from John Eldredge back from 2011 and wanted to share it with you. In it John talks about Sages and why we all need them.
A Sage differs from an expert the way a Lover differs from an engineer. To begin with, expertise quite often has nothing to do with walking with God, may in fact lead us further from him. “The reason your church is not growing is because you’re not marketing yourselves properly to your intended customers.” On a human level, that might be true, might produce some results. But wouldn’t it be better to inquire of God why the church is not growing?
Now of course, there is nothing wrong with expertise – per se. I’d be the first one to find the best heart surgeon in the country should my son need heart surgery. And yet, why is it that we seem to have so few Sages in our midst? Is it that they don’t exist, or might it be that our near-worship of expertise has pushed the Sage to the sidelines? Given mankind’s inexplicable reluctance to rely on God, and nearly limitless ability to rely on anything else, can you see how the culture of expertise actually plays right into our godlessness, despite all our protestations to the contrary?
The Sage communes with God – an existence entirely different and utterly superior to the life of the expert. Whatever counsel he offers, he draws you to God, not to self-reliance. O yes, the Sage has wisdom, gleaned from years of experience, and that wisdom is one of his great offerings. But he has learned not to lean upon his wisdom, knowing that often God is asking things of us that seem counter-intuitive, and thus his wisdom (and expertise) are fully submitted to his God.
The experts impress. The Sage draws us to God. He offers a gift of presence, the richness of a soul that has lived long with God.
Do you know any sages?
Better yet are you walking with any?
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