Knowledge Isn't Everything, But It Helps:

A number of years, ago, I was working as an Executive Consultant with the George S. May Company of Chicago. I remember a conversation with a corporate president, who needed to select a manager for specialized training and a big promotion. A lot was at stake and the candidate had to be wisely chosen.

The executive had narrowed his decision down to two employees. Both were family men in their thirties; were well-liked by their co-workers, and had been with the firm for five years. But, one man had taken the company's training opportunities more seriously than the other. He had completed several courses at the community college, at company expense.

Now, it should be noted that his grades were average and the courses were not specifically related to his day-job. The Executive finally said, "Well, this guy has already demonstrated self-discipline and he wants to become more than he is … he's the one for me."

The Bible says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15 "

In my work with our Faith Covenant Theological Seminary students, I occasionally hear one say, "There just aren't enough hours for study." That's interesting, since God gives each of us 168 hours per week and the freedom to choose how we will live them. No, that really isn't an unfair statement.

Some of the busiest professionals I know, ie. doctors, lawyers, actors, teachers, ministers, and others are always studying and growing. Earl Nightingale says, "Spend fifteen minutes a day, five days a week… fifty weeks a year, studying in your field of endeavor and in five years, you will be sought out as a 'nationally known expert'."

Adequate preparation is the foundation, upon which success is built -- Sidney Bremer.

Can't God choose one less prepared and anoint him or her mightily for successful service. Sure, He is God. But, I've notice that He more often chooses those, who are prepared and anoints them for extraordinary success in their calling.

Let me ask you a question. You're on an operating table and the surgeon is reaching for a scalpel. Would you prefer him to pick up one that is finely sharpened, or dull?

You are the tools in God's hands. Be sharp.

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