Savoring the Savior; Sharing the Insight
July 23, 2012 Leave a comment
I’m a guy of little need for tons of knowledge. I simply can’t contain all the information that’s being processed these days; news, magazines, books, TV, internet, social networks. It doesn’t matter, everything gives us information. It twists my eyes and blows my mind.
I’ve talked briefly with some friends about how folks go to conferences and tweet EVERYTHING that comes out of the mouth of the speaker. This to me is the same as dictating the message, or retweeting an entire book. We all know those folks are not getting a word of what they’re tweeting. It simply taps a nerve and the tweeter says, “Yeah, someone needs this” and tweets away or shares on Facebook.
My pastor has a great definition for the difference between knowledge and wisdom; Knowledge is information. Wisdom is knowing what to do with that information.
Knowledge is good but wisdom is better. The reason I say wisdom is better is because knowledge in the hands of someone who’s unwise can be dangerous. People can be hurt when one uses knowledge unwise.
I once heard a story of a guy that went to jail and spent his life there and he was only given a bible to read in his cell. When he died, they went in to clean his cell and found all sorts of stats on the wall; how many times Jesus said this or did that, how many times a word showed up in the bible, how many animals for this or that, when God spoke about this and that but he never ever mentioned the grace of God and what salvation is. He never got the purpose the bible. He only knew the stats in the bible.
Of course that could’ve been a genius Baptist sermon analogy.
If all we do is tweet and share and never savor then I think it’s safe to say we’ll miss the fullness of life that God abundantly gives. I want to be wise. That means knowing what to do with all this information we’re receiving, not just regurgitating it because it sounds good.
We should seek wisdom and make full use of knowledge learn how to manage knowledge effectively – search, evaluate, use and create useful information in this digital world. A wise person does not seek fame nor to be remembered. A wise man does not show off his knowledge. “Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens”. Let me end by quoting Ecclesiastes 9.13-17.