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Day 1228 – Simple Instructions for Life – Ask Gramps
4th October 2019 • Wisdom-Trek © • H. Guthrie Chamberlain, III
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Wisdom-Trek / Creating a Legacy

Welcome to Day 1228 of our Wisdom-Trek, and thank you for joining me.

This is Guthrie Chamberlain, Your Guide to Wisdom

Simple Instructions for Life – Ask Gramps

Wisdom – the final frontier to true knowledge. Welcome to Wisdom-Trek where our mission is to create a legacy of wisdom, to seek out discernment and insights, and to boldly grow where few have chosen to grow before.

Hello, my friend, I am Guthrie Chamberlain, your captain on our journey to increase wisdom and create a living legacy. Thank you for joining us today as we explore wisdom on our 2nd millennium of podcasts. This is Day 1228 of our trek, and it is time for our Philosophy Friday series. Each Friday, we will ponder some of the basic truths and mysteries of life and how they can impact us in creating our living legacy.

As we continue on this trek called life, sometimes we have questions about life, so our Friday trek is a time when we can “Ask Gramps.” Gramps will answer questions that you would like to ask your dad or granddad, but for whatever reason, are unable to. No matter how old we are, I know that all of us would like the opportunity to ask Dad or Gramps questions about life in many areas.

We may mix it up a bit on our Friday episodes but will strive to keep them down to earth and enjoyable. If you have any questions that you would like to ask Gramps, please email them to

So the question for this week is…

“Hey Gramps, with so much contention in the world today, especially around the political spectrum, how can I live in a way that sets me apart from the vicious attacks and noise that seems to permeate so many people’s lives?”

Simple Instructions for Life

If ever there was a single verse of Scripture that lays out a brief summary of how Christ-followers should live their lives, it is Micah 6:8. Let me read that to you.

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

These few short phrases contain a blueprint for virtually every conceivable circumstance we could face. I would suggest taking this verse and committing it to memory.  Repeat it to yourself throughout each day. Post it where you can easily see it as a reminder. Most importantly though, is to put it into action.

What does the Lord require of you?  First, you are to do what is right. Maybe there is a business deal you have been pondering that just does not seem quite fair to the other side. Maybe you got pulled over for speeding, and rather than argue with the officer, you humbly accept the ticket. It was, after all, your foot on the gas pedal.

What does it mean to love mercy? Mercy is not receiving the judgment that we actually deserve. Mercy is what God shows us every day. So we are to love mercy and show it to others. Maybe your spouse or teenage child has wrecked the car. Maybe your child failed an important test. You are to show them mercy because you have been shown mercy by God.

Finally, walk humbly with your God. Everything you have ever accomplished has been at God’s good pleasure. On the flip side of that coin, He has carried you through every dark moment you have ever experienced. Through the good times and the bad, God has lovingly been there with you and for you. Think about how incredible that really is. Really the only way you can do anything at all is by His grace, so humility is always the proper attitude.

Micah 6:8 is a beautiful verse and a great way to live your life. You will stand out from the noise of society if you do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

When our lives teach the truth of this verse in action and deed, others will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us. We will be a shining light in the midst of a dark world. As the Apostle Paul wrote to his apprentice Titus in Titus 2:8, “Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.”

That is a wrap for today’s question. Join us again next Friday for another question on our “Ask Gramps” episode. Our next trek is Mediation Monday, where we will help you reflect on what is most important in life. So encourage your friends and family to join us and then come along on Monday for another day of Wisdom-Trek, Creating a Legacy.

If you would like to listen to any of the past 1227 daily treks or read the associated journals, they are all available at I encourage you to subscribe to Wisdom-Trek on your favorite podcast player so each day will be downloaded to you automatically.

Thank you so much for allowing me to be your guide, mentor, and most of all, your friend as I serve you through the Wisdom-Trek podcast and journal.

As we take this trek together, let us always:

  1. Live Abundantly (Fully)
  2. Love Unconditionally
  3. Listen Intentionally
  4. Learn Continuously
  5. Lend to others Generously
  6. Lead with Integrity
  7. Leave a Living Legacy Each Day

I am Guthrie Chamberlain reminding you to Keep Moving Forward, Enjoy Your Journey, and Create a Great Day Everyday! See you on Monday!





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