I have learned, The greater the diameter of your knowledge; the greater the circumference of your ignorance. Be humble with what you know! The scripture says that knowledge “puffs up.” The picture comes to mind of what we would call today, “a fat head.”
It is possible to know much information and have little discretion. There are people who have great amounts of information, without the slightest bit of dedication, compassion or loyalty. Their knowledge makes them great in their own eyes but not truly great in the best definition of the word.
Our knowledge will do us no good; if we do not know good….. Yes that is an alliterative play on words. But the point is to get you to read it carefully and think about it slowly, to get the message. A great intellect only benefits others, when it is applied in avenues and channels of service. Everyone world wide thinks of Mother Theresa and Billy Graham as examples of “Greatness.” But the reason everyone thinks so, is that they are known for their truth & love and this wonderful quality became their “Greatness.” So in this light, Let us truly increase our understanding; while we also increase our human benevolence. Then we can know that what we know………… is a credit of honor…………and not a stain of pride and arrogance.
"from a 2011 webinar on benevolence"
My friend, employer and deceased mentor Wolfgang Hafele used to declare regularly that “We know that we do not know!” And he was one of the most brilliant men I have ever known. How fitting that his great knowledge was balanced by a great awareness of a need for even greater knowledge. Knowing how much we need to know…………. is perhaps more important than knowing how much we already do.
I wish for you and I, very “Great knowledge,” coupled with a desire for very great service. I pray that our understanding and comprehension is tendered by graciousness & genuineness. Our “Great knowledge” should only increase the realization of the vastness of how much there is still to learn. A good dose of humility gives all who strive for learning, a proper perspective that prevents pride.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.”
― Michel de Montaigne
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.”
― Albert Einstein
“Every person that you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, revere the LORD & do good in service to Him. Trust His Greatness, not your own pride. Proverbs 3:7 (my paraphrase)
Tim G. Carter – aka “Slam”