Are you also fascinated by the duality of nature? It has been so since creation. At any given time, there are at least two kinds of things available and embedded in them is the power of choice. The position we aspire to hold is determined by the quality of our choices. Some of these reality pairs are success/failure, wise/foolish, right/wrong, original/counterfeit, life/death, etc. There is the good and the bad side of every pair and its quite predictably everyone desires to cling to the good side. Truth is no condition is ever permanent, King Solomon states more in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
Three things are critical here, KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING and WISDOM. Knowledge is the information or facts available; understanding is classifying the facts into true or false; and wisdom is the correct application of right information. Things don’t just happen, wisdom is derived from mettlesome work through long suffering and strictly obeying instructions. Beautiful jewels are the by product of vigorous furnace processing.
Where is the starting point?
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7 NLT
The meaning is simple, love God by obeying His principles, commands and instructions, out of them comes all issues of life (business, career, marriage, education). If only you are willing (wise), His grace will be sufficient for you and the opposite is self will (folly).
OK so, how do we start?
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5 NLT
Forget your beliefs and your academic achievements, we were created to function according to the perfect intentions of our Maker. We are not here by chance, therefore we must seek our Owner’s approval in all things and at all times. Relying on our personal worldly viewpoint (which are largely false) is a clear demonstration of arrogance that will lead to our destruction.
“The common curse of mankind, folly, ignorance and stupidity” ~ William C. Brown
In this piece let’s consider the informed and the uninformed. The former appears bold, confident and powerful whilst the latter exhibits traits of fear, timidity and weak. I have heard people use ‘the humility of ignorance’ to begin a statement but I disagree. Why? Because Ignorance is arrogance wrapped in the dark, humility is knowledge revealed in the light.
The more you know, the humbler you must become. It gives you an idea that others have deeper insight. In essence, the informed is humble and wise but the uninformed is proud and unwise. According to Proverbs 18:2
“Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.”
Recently the media keeps playing back some comments made earlier by known chief executive of a popular bank that has collapsed. The path taken by these journos can be interpreted differently, depending on where one stands but it is to confirm the wise saying scripture above.
With the meltdown of Enron in the early 2000s in USA as a case study for every business professional and is also studied under almost all the business courses, why would UT and Capital Banks in Ghana also collapse under similar circumstances? Well, history repeats itself most times depending on what we learnt as it happens. Yes, we can argue all day that those are different entities in distinct locations. But foundation for such chaotic situations are greed, dishonesty and the desire to please the world. The inner circles saw the writings on the wall, consultants were hired to remedy the situation, a lot of cover ups yet the true information cannot be hidden forever.
The informed always has competitive advantage, well grounded on current best practices and connect with like minds. The uninformed on the other hand will suffer the pain of losses, harsh effect of bad choices and ultimately the crown of bad pair, as espoused in the first paragraph.
- The principles of God are not to break us but to shape us to become better. Apply them wholeheartedly.
- Whatever is built on lies will crush, just a matter of time. Set your motives right.
- Be humble and seek good counsel and identify your limitations and deal with them.
- Don’t be afraid to make a choice. Your wrongs can be a learning experience for others.