Specialized Knowledge - Principle #4
Lyndia Grant | 8/18/2010, 11:25 a.m.
My people perish from a lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 (KJV)
Principles I'm sharing have worked for me over the past 27 years. Sharing them with you feels as though it is my obligation. A person who reads this column may decide to take steps to reprogram their thinking. This article is written for you. If you understand the necessity of pursuing knowledge, and you want to become more professionally competent, and more likely to succeed at whatever it is you've set your mind to do now or after retirement, you will want to become a specialist.
You can learn and specialize in your field of choice, or as you continue your professional education or training. Some, however, need to evaluate themselves by taking a close look at their exact stock of general knowledge before deciding to specialize in a particular field. How are you operating in your day-to-day activities, an element essential for the proper functions of life? We must pay attention; we've got to read directions; we must read instructions, and we must get complete details before purchasing tickets and other big ticket items.
Let me provide an example; it may seem elementary, but it's a true story. A man purchased a cruise ticket from England to America during the early 1900's. He paid for the cruise; got on-board, but he would stay in his cabin at meal-time. He thought his ticket only entitled him to his travel on the ship. He thought the cost of all that exciting food was not included.
So he brought his own food, enough to last the whole journey from England to America. On the last day before the ship reached America, the Captain asked him why he had never seen him at meal time. The man explained his reason to the Captain. The Captain replied, "Sir the ticket included every meal as well." The man was robbed because of a lack of general knowledge. This man would never have missed out on enjoying his meals, but he had a lack of knowledge.
Another story of someone unable to read -- missed her blessing. Charles Sprugeon tells the story so beautifully of the time he visited an old woman's home. A servant in the house of a very rich man, had passed away, and as a gift gave her a piece of paper. She couldn't read, thought the design was pretty and framed it. When he visited the woman he looked at the framed piece of paper, it was a check.
She never knew she had become a millionaire, that her grandchildren would never go hungry again. She was robbed because of a lack of knowledge -- too late! These two stories may not sound like something that you would do, but in changing the course of your life, your unpreparedness could be just as devastating. The word reminds us in the scripture according to Hosea. It says, "My people perish from the lack of knowledge."
True knowledge means not only learning details of the path God has put in your life, it also means you must always show love, one for another. Never act as if you know so much, that you feel you're better than others. Continue to learn throughout your life, and remain humble!
Paul himself had profound knowledge of the scriptures, but he understood that intellectual knowledge on its own is meaningless. Worse, it can be a dangerous source of pride that prevents discovery of a much deeper form of knowledge: Love. "Knowledge puffs up, love builds up" (1 Corinthians 8:1). Puffed-up knowledge also shuts out vast realms of mystery.
As you continue to live your life, keep gaining knowledge, specialized knowledge, it works.
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