Gotta learn something to earn something

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“Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:2‬

The only instruction manual that I actually read and aim to follow step by step is known as the Holy Bible. Perhaps this is why building IKEA furniture is rarely as pleasant in real life as it seems to be in commercials. I do not enjoy instruction manuals at all. Who does? Normally, Instead of opening a manual, I just study the image of the completed product on the front cover and then I try to duplicate it. Most of the time I'm at least semi-successful in the end (surprisingly)- but only after much frustration and many discombobulated fails.

"Is this upside down? Oh! It's backwards. Right?"

Fortunately my Bible does not have an image on the front cover. It's easy to see a "finished" person, place, or thing and desire that. "I want my life to look like that." The desire is there, but apart from the necessary knowledge of how and why- it's very difficult, perhaps even impossible to achieve with integrity.

Chasing a dream is not nearly as effective or enjoyable as cultivating it. To chase means to run after something or someone that is escaping. To cultivate means to nurture and grow (develop) something that you already possess to some degree. Cultivation requires patience, diligence, and most importantly- knowledge. Which means that you'll likely have to read a manual or two in order to learn exactly how to build whatever it is that God has impressed upon your heart to build.

The good thing is that it's already yours! You don't have to chase it. It's in you! I like (especially when inspired) to work quickly- but this kind of haste is irresponsible. We must yield to the process of learning and acquiring knowledge regardless of how time consuming it may be. It's humbling, because it is based upon the notion that we do not (yet) know what we must. Desire without knowledge is not good. So take time today to learn the how and the why of what you desire. I'm still learning about how to be a dad, husband, son, brother, friend, writer, artist, educator, and minister. I'm learning how to cultivate what I desire in each of these areas.

The more that I learn, the more that I realize how little I know- the more that I crawl into the secret place of prayer where mercy and grace abounds!