Monday, October 6, 2014

Overcoming Negativity: Day 5: I Don't Know How

Today's Challenge: Learn something new. 

Someone once said that ignorance is bliss. I disagree. Ignorance is sad. Ignorance breeds ignorance. It keeps you trapped in negativity.

To say, "I Don't Know How" is ignorant and lazy.

Merriam-Webster defines ignorance as "a lack of knowledge, understanding or education; the state of being ignorant."

In 2 Chronicles 1, we are told that Solomon established himself in his kingdom and the Lord, his God was with him and made him exceedingly great (v1). He and all the assembly of Israel went up to the tabernacle, and Solomon went to the bronze altar and made a sacrifice to God. God appeared to Him and said, "Ask what I shall give you."

What did Solomon ask for? Knowledge. Wisdom and knowledge to govern the people that God entrusted him with. 

He didn't say, "I don't know how." He asked God to show him how.

I didn't know how to make a button for my blog. Well, I knew how to make a button, because someone introduced me to PicMonkey, an online tool for creating and editing pictures. Most of the graphics you see here are made from PicMonkey. And a button, for those of you who don't know, is simply the graphic.

So, I knew how to make the button, but I didn't know how to create a link from the button on the sidebar of my blog to the actual Overcoming Negativity home page, the first post that I wrote. 

Because "I didn't know how," I could have decided to just chuck it all. And I considered it. But this whole series kept nagging at me and I knew that I needed to pursue it. So I asked. I put a question out on the Facebook group and a few people explained. It took me hours to do, but I did it. I actually wrote code! And understood what I was writing.

I later found out that Hubster could have told me how to do this, as he writes code all the time, which I knew but forgot. Sure, he could have done it for me, but I think that God wanted me to learn this because for years I've said about certain technology, "I don't know how and I have no desire to know how." So I stayed in ignorance. Until all of a sudden, I needed to know. 

Wisdom and knowledge go hand in hand. Because when you know something, it makes you wise. Sometimes it makes you smart too.

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge (Prov 18:15)

A wise person listens for what she/he needs to know. And a wise person listens to those who can instruct. 

Knowledge is not only for the head, but for the heart. 

If you want to accomplish something, but you don't know how, find out! Ask someone who knows. Take a course. Buy a book. For goodness sake, look on the internet! There's an answer for everything now on the internet. There's really no excuse for lack of knowledge in today's world. 

Sometimes, all you need to do is to be like Solomon-ask the Lord, your God for wisdom and knowledge. He will give it to you. 

Don't stay in the negative state of Being Ignorant. Move already!

Blessings Along the Path,

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