In the first edition of my newsletter, I asked readers to tell me what topic they’d like me to write about. A long-time friend who always makes me laugh wrote, “How about something to make me smart, rich, and good looking? I could use some help along those lines.”
After my LOL moment, I started thinking about it. This is actually a great suggestion, because I know how he can achieve all three of these goals!
How to Become Smart
If you score high on an IQ test, does that mean you’re smart?
“Maybe” is the answer, according to studies.
“Many experts believe a single test can’t give a clear picture of intelligence, in part because there are multiple types of intelligence to consider. One popular theory, introduced by psychologist and professor Howard Gardner, suggests nine different types of intelligence exist.”
There is one word, I believe, that encapsulates all the different types of intelligence into one concept: Wisdom.
Wikipedia defines wisdom in this way.
“The ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.”
Wisdom beats knowledge.
Wisdom beats intelligence.
Wisdom beats all of the intelligence measures —
Wisdom encompasses all of it!
The Bible elevates the concept of wisdom, also. Proverbs 8:11 NIV says,
“Wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
The Bible gives us the answer — the key to attaining wisdom — in James 1:5 NIV.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
This is an amazing promise — God will give you wisdom, and all you have to do is ask for it!
How to Become Rich
The Bible also has something to say about wealth.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” — Matthew 13:44 NIV
The Kingdom of heaven beats wealth. The man in the parable recognized its higher value when he sold all that he had to attain it.
But being wealthy in the earthly sense has its drawbacks. Matthew 19:23–24 NIV tells it like it is.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
All is not lost, however. In Matthew 6: 19–21 and verse 24 NIV, the Bible offers guidance on the best kind of wealth to seek.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also….
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
The best way to get the best treasure is to seek God.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. — Matthew 6:33
How to Become Good-Looking
This is my favorite. I, too, would like to become good-looking! And when I thought about it, I realized how I can attain this goal!
In 2 Corinthians 5:1 NIV, we have been promised a new body.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
Although we don’t know exactly what our new bodies will be like, we know they will be like Christ’s.
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him…”
— John 3:2 NIV
Our new bodies will be like Jesus Christ’s glorious spiritual body.
The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. –1 Corinthians 15: 42–44 NIV
So, my dear friend, your desires are within reach. If you follow this guidance, you will become smart, rich, and good-looking!