Have you ever come to a point where you just don’t know what to do? If not, keep living. Life has a way of presenting to us situations and circumstances that will always make us review our knowledge-bank and sometimes question what we know. Life is an examiner. However, life teaches before it examines. The question is whether we are paying attention during the lectures or not. Whether we pay attention or not, we will have to write the exam if we must move to the next level. Man, especially in the 21st century, has an insatiable appetite for knowledge. However, it is in the information he is drowning in that he is supposed to quench his thirst for knowledge. Knowledge is progressive – the more we know, the more there is to know and unconsciously, the more we seek to know. A simple definition to help illustrate this- knowledge is processed information while information is processed data. It is our responsibility to convert the raw data available to us into knowledge which is what we need. It is only knowledge that moves us forward and gives us commercial values if we ever apply it. Many have data, few have converted that data into information and even fewer people have converted the information into knowledge which is tradable. For instance, in spiritual things, our relationship with God is based on our knowledge of Him. However, this knowledge must be based on raw data from the bible. When we read the bible, we gather data. Our logical mind helps us process the data based on our previous exposures and experiences through meditation and confession. However, we need the Holy Spirit to help us convert the information into tangible usable formats in our everyday challenges. One thing that fascinates me is that our body of knowledge defines and determines how we hear from God. God does not speak our native language. He speaks and we hear Him in a language that we are familiar with.
It is important that we seek to improve our knowledge base but it is more important to act on what we know- knowing that the Apostle Paul said that our knowledge will always be in part. The good thing is that the more we act on what we know, the more we know either consciously or subconsciously. Even when we face disappointments, it becomes an opportunity to know what does not work and how to handle negative emotions. A lot of people use this saying “I wish I knew then what I know now” to describe the feeling of guilt and displeasure. Rather, thinking outside the box, it shows that progress has been made and I refuse to be held down by the deficit in my knowledge-bank.