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Quote of the Week

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

“You do not have to pay the price to grow and expand intellectually. The mind neither requires it nor demands it. If, however, you want to experience the joy of discovery and the pleasure of plowing new and fertile soul, effort is required.

Light won’t automatically shine upon you, nor will truth silently sleep into you head by means of rocking osmosis…. it’s up to you. It’s your move.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

In Napoleon Hill’s “Law of Success”, he writes about the misconception of the meaning of the word educate. He explains that “the word educate has its roots in the Latin word educo, which means to develop from within; to educe; to draw out; to grow through the law of use.” We have transformed into a society that has allowed formal education to serve as the culmination of our epistemological pursuit. As I’ve stated before, we should be constantly educating ourselves and putting forth effort to grow in all areas of our lives.

We’re all aware that if you don’t use your muscles they become weak. The same applies to our mind and our thought process. If we do not challenge the way we think or revisit our worldview through meditation and reflection we subject ourselves to an illusion of wisdom. Also, as Mr. Swindoll so eloquently states, we prevent ourselves from experiencing the joy and freedom that God intends for all of us. I’m of the belief that once we begin to seek truth, it will present itself; however, growth takes action. Nature hates idleness in all forms.

This week challenge yourself to get into the habit of taking time out to educate yourself. If you are experiencing difficulties in any area (e.g. financial, spiritual, or relationships), remember its up to you to take the necessary steps. A lot of times we’re not waiting on God to move in our lives, He is waiting on us.

 

 

The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. – Proverbs 16:9

 

Previously: Quote of the Week x Earl Graves

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