When Knowledge Brews

PC Grady Nace

The picture above draws me in so I’m standing on the beach with a dilapidated canoe, ready to sail across the blueness.

One of my strengths on the StrengthsFinder test is entitled “Input.” It is explained in this way:  

“You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information—words, facts, books and quotations. Whatever you collect, you do it because it interests you. (You like to) add more information to your archives.”

I have been considering how to cultivate this and quickly realized how easy it is to gloss over information without fully comprehending. On a day-to-day basis I’m exposed to many multi-cultural pictures, stories, and conversations but I don’t always take full advantage of it.

Do I stop to soak in all in, archiving information to serve valuable in the future?

My friend Kendra recently gave me this advice, “Proverbs says to seek diligently for wisdom as for treasure, so how can you glean wisdom for the daily tasks but also for the big issues of life? Soak it up like a sponge, asking questions of everything and everyone.”

This is what I have resolved to do:

  1. Search for the definitions (and pronunciations:) of words I don’t know.
  2. Research a place I’ve never heard of or been to.
  3. Ask others to describe what their experience was like.
  4. Open my eyes to examine pictures and notice the details of them.
  5. Take notes during sermons, record ideas, write down quotes and collect knowledge on all subjects.

WHY would I fan the flames of inquisitiveness?

Eleanor Roosevelt, “Never be bored and you will never be boring.”

Because being resourceful with my season, my mind and my increased learning will serve others and honor God who gives wisdom and created this amazing, beautiful world that bursts with truth and trivia.

My world brews with ideas and I am looking forward to setting sail into it this week!

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