I try to live a life balanced with both Education and Application.
People today are at a great advantage because, thanks to modern technology, we have a wealth of knowledge right at our fingertips. If we want to know what something means, we can just Google it and one search will yield thousands of results to aide in our research. This is all great, but the problem arises when we think all it takes is to know something to be considered Subject Matter Experts; but without Application, all we have is “head knowledge.”
This is true for every area of our lives. We can have all the knowledge on what it takes to be a successful leader, but if we never apply those things we’ve learned, guess what? We will not become a successful leader. We can read all the peer journals and medical websites about proper dieting and weight loss, but until we put those things we’ve learned into action, we will not lose weight. We can read tons of scriptures and Christian books about loving others the right way, but unless we practice what we’ve read, it won’t happen. If we are honest with ourselves, some of the most influential people we’ve learned/gleaned from are those who not only know it, but who also do it (or have done it).
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith (Hebrews 13:7 ESV).
Would you take weight loss advice from a person who is morbidly obese, and who refuses to practice any of the things they are telling you to do? Would you take fidelity advice from a woman who is unapologetically cheating on her spouse?
If we are always quoting scripture and spouting clichés when others are sick, but when it hits us or our household, all they hear is murmuring about how sick we are and how we will never get better. If we are always telling others to have faith and believe God for prosperity, but they often hear us complaining about how broke we are; why would they want to serve this God we serve? They’ve heard us talk about how we are always at church, what the Pastor said, and what we’ve learned, but they don’t see us living this victorious life we claim is available for those who believe. We’ve tried to impress them with what we know (Education), but when the rubber meets the road, we don’t practice what we preach (Application).
I don’t believe we can have one without the other. We’ve seen people who try Application without Education and they do what they’ve been told to do or what they’ve seen others do (not fully understanding why), and they often fail. Then there are the people who have the Education but no Application. These people know, but either they are too lazy and don’t do what is required, or they just want everyone to know how smart or knowledgeable they are. They want to know solely for the sake of saying they know. The problem is, simply knowing isn’t always enough. People want to know what worked for you and what didn’t. Without Application, there is no experience from which others can draw.
So, That Settles It. Let’s endeavor to live a life of Balance. A life of Education and Application. Know it. Speak it. Do it. Model it. Remember, the world is watching.
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men (2 Corinthians 3:2 KJV).