Oh to be knowledgeable and wise

I’m sorting through books and finding it a gloomy project. At one time the gloom would have been about parting with my beloved books. I so love books. Now my gloom is centered in the weighty reminder that to whom much has been given, much is expected.

This is another way of saying, if I’ve learned so much, why am I still so ignorant?

I pick up book after book, asking myself if I ever read it, only to find the vigorous highlighting and margin notes crying out, “Dick Staub was once here.”

Part of what I’m realizing is that I’ve moved from hungering for knowledge to hungering for wisdom. I’m simply confirming what the ancient literature already makes clear; wisdom is applied knowledge. I don’t want to be living proof that there is no wisdom without knowledge, but there is a lot of knowledge without wisdom.

I’m struggling with the weight of knowledge and the patience required as I wait for more wisdom.

In my youth I was an exuberant, voracious learner and I was also pretty confident that I was wise, “beyond my years.”  (A gracious way of saying I was overconfident).

In my advancing years I am overwhelmed by the imbalance of what I know compared to the wisdom I need for everyday life.

Gloom  and overwhelmed might be a tad too strong. I am actually  pretty content, but when I think about being a 21st century follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father and one of the shepherds on Orcas Island of a small portion of God’s precious flock, a lot of knowledge is good, but no amount of wisdom is sufficient.

 

 

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  1. ST090611 | Dick Staub on September 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm

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