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By William Ballard
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Many have said that knowledge is power, but I really beg to differ. In fact, knowledge can be dangerous. Knowledge can be a blessing or it can be a course. For example, it takes knowledge to develop the atomic bomb and many other different types of weapons of mass destruction. However, the truth of the matter is this: Wisdom is power, but knowledge is necessary to guide one to wisdom.
In our opening verse of scripture today, I am sure many have read this and have interpreted it in their own way, but I would like to share with you my interpretation of this scripture as it pertains to a writer.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God....
First and foremost, we find that we are given a command to study in order to shew ourselves approved or to be seen as an authority figure unto God, but I would also like to add that we study to show ourselves approved unto man as well.
You see, studying conceives and develops confidence within us. When we study we gather information and develop understanding for our particular field of study. When we have gathered enough information to be considered an expert in the eyes of man (approved by man), then we become confident that the knowledge we have is accurate and can help someone.
In my e-book, "The 21 Qualities of Successful Writer", I mentioned the following concept: To Keep Writing....Keep Reading
You see, you can't become lazy in learning if you really want to become successful in this profession. I am sure you have heard it said before: Write what you know. But if you don't know something, how can you write it?
Not only is studying a command, but it is something that you have to become passionate about. When you do become passionate about it....
A Workman That Needth Not to be Ashamed....
You become a workman (or wordsmith) that does not need to be ashamed of his or her art, craft, and expertise. Again, studying develops confidence, and confidence develops influence, and influence can be a blessing or a curse. It is really up to you.
I recommend you read a book entitled, "You Were Born Rich" (AFF), by Bob Proctor in which he talks about the Law of Opposites. You see, the polar opposite of faith, belief, and knowledge is fear, doubt and worry, and ignorance. And out of these negative outcomes brings forth stress and anxiety.
Even though knowledge can be dangerous, complete ignorance is death. I am sure many of you have heard the saying, "Ignorance is bliss", but in reality, ignorance is death. You see, where ignorance lies, hope still exist. Where stupidity lies, hope is gone forever.
You have to understand that there is a difference between ignorance and stupidity. Ignorance simply means one has not been given the opportunity to gather knowledge and to experience learning, but stupidity is of someone who has been given the opportunity for knowledge and learning and has made a conscious decision to continue in foolishness.
What are polar opposites of confidence and courage?
The opposite of confidence is low self-estem, and the opposite of being courageous is cowardliness. The only way for a writer to develop confidence and courage is through study and learning.
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth...
But when you study and allow the Spirit of God to guide you, not only do you gather information and knowledge but you also empower yourself with wisdom.
You see, one can go to driving school and learn how to drive and gain knowledge about the rules of driving, but it takes wisdom to know how to discern when their can be a possible wreck and how to avoid it. Discernment comes from a spirit of wisdom.
It is impossible to be equipped with wisdom and lack knowledge. When you develop knowledge through learning, you must also cultivate a prayer life and learn to be lead by the Spirit of God, which will develop wisdom, and will show you how and what to do with the knowledge that you have gained.
Even though it is impossible to have wisdom and lack knowledge, one must understand that it is very possible to be empty of wisdom and full of knowledge. Again knowledge is dangerous without wisdom. Wisdom governs knowledge.
Now Over to You....
The two main things that I want you to take away from this post is that in order to be a successful writer, you must not be lazy in learning and instead, develop a passion for studying. As well as, you must understand that it is possible to have knowledge but lack wisdom, but is impossible to have wisdom and lack knowledge. You can only gain wisdom when accumulating knowledge.
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About William Ballard
Freelance Writer, Copywriter, Blogger, Inbound Marketing Specialist, and Author, William Ballard, helps small businesses and entrepreneurs, like you, broadcast their message across the Internet (and offline) and be seen as experts in their field. He has been dubbed the Expert Marketer of Writing.
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