Artifice: (n) clever or cunning devices or expedients, especially as used to trick or deceive othersdictionary with letter A

I’ve always been fascinated with the simile, “Sheep in the midst of wolves, wise as serpents, and as harmless as doves.”

Even though this comes from the Good Book, it really promotes an excellent lifestyle choice in what people often believe to be the “big, bad world.”

We spend way too much time bitching about the wolves and complaining about our sheepish profile–which seems to fail to have an ability to sink its teeth into the problem.

I suppose if I believed I was just a sheep surrounded by wolves I would not only be paranoid, but completely exasperated.

But the simile continues.

I am to be “wise as a serpent.”

That means I am supposed to sit down and allow my brain to conjure an idea that will give me an artifice–a means by which I can outsmart my competition. Of course, there is a danger that I could just become part of the problem by being equally as wolf-like as the rest of the carnivores out there, trying to devour humankind.

So the closing part of the simile is very important. Deep in my heart I need to be as harmless as a dove.

In other words, my motivation must be for the betterment of all and not just for the prospering of myself.

I use cleverness and cunning every day of my life. If I were not prepared to come up with inspiration and approaches that are smarter than my adversary, I am ill-prepared to be in the marketplace.

But I must also realize that the fact that I share a message that is geared to sheep does put me at the mercy of critical wolves, and that my ability to spiritually discern real-time situations and come up with intelligent revisions must be tempered by a heart that is harmless and only wants to bring peace.

It is that artifice that makes knowledge work for good… even as it dispels the evil.


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