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Friday, February 15, 2013

Acquisition vs Application

In order to grow you have to learn, and in order to learn you have to make mistakes..... I'm sorry but that is just the harsh reality of life. Own it, fix it, learn from it. That is my motto. (Kim Stroemich).

Why do some people never learn? Are you a slow learner? Is there some growing edge in your life that you refuse to attend to? A warning you refuse to heed? A conflict you refuse to resolve, Why? (Serendipity Bible 10th anniversary edition, page 1090-91).

I know there is nothing good in my sinful nature. I want to do what is good, but I can’t. I don’t do the good things I want to do. I keep on doing the evil things I don’t want to do. I do what I don’t want to do.....So in my mind I am a slave to God’s law. But in my sinful nature I am a slave to the law of sin. (Romans 18-20, 25).

It is a common observation that people can learn intellectually without applying that learning to life. Many years ago in undergraduate school I took a course in physical education. There I learned the vital importance of faithful exercise. But, throughout the years, have I applied that knowledge faithfully? Afraid not! To this I add the example of my knowledge of good nutrition compared to my exercise of it, and the further admission that the most recent economic bubble took me also for a ride. The Bible itself is largely a story of lessons widely circulated and known but not applied.

Mark Twain said “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” It makes me shudder to speculate on the amount of money spent on education compared to the portion of it that is practically applied.

Here I recall Yeats phrase “Measurement began our might.” As this applies to any serious plan for losing weight, it also forms the foundation of most effective behavior. Measurement is starkly revelatory. It would be wildly irresponsible to have no good idea of what funds one has in his checking account—clearly a situation that is a disaster waiting to happen. Even so, we cannot all become risk averse bookkeepers. Accepting risk for the right reasons is essential for growth. Yet, there is no clear motive for accepting risk and thus effectively acting without the reliance on measurement along circumscribed as well as more expansive lines.

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