A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool. -Joseph Roux
Growing up, G.I. Joe was one of my favorite shows. Partly it was because my name is Joe and I thought somehow I would be able to become one just based on my name. And, sadly, I’m still waiting for the call. But I do remember watching the cartoons and watching all the Joes fight against Cobra Commander. After they inevitably won every episode it would always end with the tag “and knowing is half the battle!”
Growing up, knowing was the priority for me. I needed to understand why something was important before it became important to me. Knowing was the first step and once I understood, then I would act. I still like to extensively study something and know every possible piece of information about it before I act.
I usually live my life by two poignant statements:
- “Life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid.” – George V. Higgins
- “It is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to talk and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain
Now, this isn’t to say that I haven’t done or said some very foolish things. Just ask my mother, father, brother, wife, friends… you get the picture.
On second thought, please don’t ask them. Seriously, stop texting them.
If knowing is half the battle, we shouldn’t be swayed by what our flesh wants.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. 2 Timothy 4:3-5
I didn’t know those Saturday morning cartoons were actually teaching me scripture!
Keep going toward the truth, don’t turn your backs on it. Then, after that half is done, act. Do a thorough job as God’s servant. Don’t just know what you are supposed to do, actually do it.
This upcoming Sunday, March 18, we will be singing these songs together. Need a place to start in seeking truth? Research what scripture these songs are inspired by.