“My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6
It’s lack of knowledge that ruins our lives. You can always tell the areas in which we have knowledge—for its reflected in our lives. Just like you can always tell the areas we lack knowledge—for it also is reflected in our lives.
The greatest of all knowledge is; “the knowledge of self.”
When we don’t know ourselves, we suffer. “Knowledge is Power,” was coined by Francis Bacon in 1597.
It was further added on to by Napoleon Hill.
Napoleon Hill said: “Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.”
This takes it a step further. It gives the knowledge a purpose. It tells it where to go. If you don’t have an organized plan of action; your knowledge is null and void. I’m glad that Hill saw the need to add an addition to this age-old adage. It definitely graduated it to a higher level. Hill understood, that knowledge without action, got you nowhere.
In the past the places I came up short in were—the “definite aim” aspect. I took action on my plans, in regards to trying to be an entrepreneur. However; I needed a definite plan, that needed to be organized. I realized I could only get there with extreme clarity. All this was good information; but it was still incomplete. There were pieces to the knowledge piece that needed to come together.
There were deep intricacies that weren’t mentioned about knowledge I learned. Like the “right knowledge.” Which is the “knowledge of self.” Knowledge that doesn’t concern us; doesn’t keep us seeking it. I’d add this to the acquisition of knowledge piece.
Back to the part on “self-knowledge.” The right knowledge will educate us about ourselves. The right knowledge will highlight and draw out our capabilities.
Education: Its root origin needs to be looked at here. Educare and Educere; 2 latin root words to consider.
Educare-To train or to mold.
Educere-To lead out.
Building upon these two words—The right education, the right knowledge will:
-Lead out of you
-draw out of you what’s there.
When you have knowledge of self; you know how to apply these directives. As you gain knowledge of who you are; while understanding the plan, and organizing it—you will have power. The plan comes when you have “knowledge of self.” As such; you will live a fulfilled and purpose driven life.
Which brings to mind another Biblical scripture:
“Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
With the understanding of who you are, while learning the true meaning of your past life dynamics—now you have something to work with. Now this is where; and when you will have true wisdom.
Mathew 11:19 “But wisdom is known by its children.”
Breaking it down into laymen terms: What you produce comes from wisdom. When you have wisdom; what you produce is a product (children) of that wisdom.
Essentially; if knowledge is the acquisition of facts, information, and skills acquired through experience and education—we are equipped with all that we need. We just have to know how it all ties in with our purpose. We have to know how to organize all that we’ve acquired.
What can we learn from our past and our experiences? What does it all reveal about what our purpose is? What passions, and desires has it promoted in us? What’s it all trying to tell us?
As we organize the information gathered in the latter—we will have power! No longer will we be destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Clues and hints; are hidden in the very definition of the word knowledge.
Having the facts, skills, experience and information we’ve gathered throughout our lives—It needs to be organized. Having “knowledge of self” is the organization of these skills. It draws the parallels and connections between everything we’ve experienced.
There’s value in our experiences. Contained within the experiences of our lives are valuable information. Information about; “who we are,” what we came in the world to do,” and our divine purpose. It’s why we must study our past. We must realize the story that’s been unfolding all along. Knowing what to do with this information organizes it. It gives it direction, and a definite chief aim.
Thank you for reading these words. Peace & Blessings
For more information see my YouTube video https://youtu.be/K4UtNXHLP2Y on “Clarifying your Purpose.”
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