So that we can be sure we are on the same page let’s look at the dictionary definitions of each.
Wise – Having the ability to discern and judge properly as to what is true or right.
Famous – Having a widespread reputation, usually favorable; renowned or celebrated.
If wealth was added to fame would that change your answer?
I looked for quotes from the rich and famous to see what some of them had to say:
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character. ~Horace Greeley
Fame doesn’t end loneliness. ~Claire Danes
Money and fame made me believe I was entitled. I was wrong and foolish. ~Tiger Woods
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely. ~Albert Einstein
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ~John Wooden
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. ~Ralph Waldo
The God of this world is riches, pleasure, and pride. ~Martin Luther
From the Apostle Paul:
He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8
I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ Himself. In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3
And from the wisdom of Solomon,
Stay close to wisdom, and she will keep you safe. Love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is best. So get wisdom. No matter what it costs, get understanding. Value wisdom, and she will lift you up. Hold her close, and she will honor you. Proverbs 4:6-8
So, which is it? Fame or wisdom?
One last thing to think about….
Are you thinking with an eternal perspective? Because 10,000 years from now, 1,000 years from now, 100 years from now all of your fame and riches will be only a memory, but wisdom . . . the wisdom that comes through faith in Christ that is something that will last forever and always.
Father, grant us the grace to seek wisdom and to know Your truth. Amen.