December 1, 2008

The Use of Knowledge

I just thought I would start of my week with a good quote.
"Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom."
Charles H. Spurgeon

I say it is a good quote, but as I copied and pasted it, I have to admit that I felt that little twang inside of me that said, "Listen to what you read,  You Fool!"

I have spent a long time in Christian School, in Church, in Bible Colleges, and now as a Bible teacher.  In all of that time I have learned quite a bit about the Bible.  I, in no way, consider myself a true Bible Scholar, but I have definitely become a true Bible student.  I have a regular flow of Bible knowledge coming at me, and I try to take it all in...  The question on the table, though, is, "Do I have a right use of that knowledge?"

I am not going to seek to answer that question in full on this blog.  Partially because blogs are not the best place to do a true soul-search, but mostly because I don't have the time.  I need to be getting ready for school not visiting blogger!

I will say that my use of knowledge is sporadic.  I know the right thing to do, but I don't always do it.  The areas that I forget the most lie in the categories of patience and diligence.  Quite often I become impatient with people.  I usually keep it hidden, but it is still there.  I let it out on my children from time to time.  Lord, forgive me for my faults.  And even though, in some circles, I have become known for my diligent labors (especially at the moving company) I still grow weary and begin to "demand" my down time.  Which of course leads to more impatience.

So there you go.  A post that was supposed to be a short little Quote of the Day kind of post has turned into something more.  Oh well.  If you read this far, feel free to share:  How are you doing with your use of knowledge?