Expand Your Mind

Proverbs 2

So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

First, I offer you my thanks and apologies. Thanks to those who have been following my blog and those who have recently joined us.  My apologies are for not writing as frequently as I have earlier in the year.  Work has been piling up, making it difficult to keep up with posting new entries for you.

I have found, though, great rewards in being a part of this blogging community. I appreciate what other’s write on their sites and the interactions all around.  I intend to keep contributing!

I’ve recently started a rather thick book about the science of DNA. While a complex field, I’ve learned more about it and how God uses it to run all life on Earth.  It is the way, as the author puts it, for us to hear the love song God sings to us through His creation.

There’s your teaser! I hope you’ll keep watch for the first of what will be a number of entries on it within the next day or two.

This also got me to thinking about my background, former career goals, and college days. I started out with aspirations toward an acting career.  I have both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech, theatre, and acting.  I made the fortunate choice of  using my undergraduate years studying a variety of disciplines outside of the theatre as a preparation for an acting career.

Psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other classes were taken to gain a better understanding of…us. Human beings.  I used every opportunity to fill general education requirements with courses that could compliment my pursuit of acting.  Even having to take a physical science worked out.  I more or less randomly choose geology, and took two terms, including historical geology, learning the geologic layers and the supposed characteristics of each; climate, flora, fauna, and shape of the oceans and land masses.

I even took modern dance and ballet as gym classes. And that’s all I’ll say about those!

I prepared myself for a career of learning. We’ve all heard how actors often must acquire new skills in order to fulfill the requirements of a role; horse-riding, stunt driving, accents, fight choreography, weapons from swords and daggers to high powered guns and rifles.  Historical roles require research of individuals and periods.  I wrote the majority of my master’s thesis on King Henry V.

While I chose to leave the pursuit of acting to be a better husband and father, all of that education has been a help. I’ve learned a great deal more about how God, not evolution, has put together a beautifully, infinitely complex tapestry of life on Earth.

I’ve no study in biology, but I gleaned enough from other sciences to make sense of the DNA book I’m reading, and I am very excited to share it with you as I read through it.

Unfortunately, through the pressures of the economy and choices made by society as a whole, it’s getting harder and harder to make a living.  I understand people’s need to get degrees and certifications to get jobs.  I understand the need for on-line  colleges and universities.  We have given up a great deal along the way.

People are no longer getting an education. They are getting training.  They are being taught facts and skill sets to be tested and honed.  This, however, is not education.

Education is NOT teaching people mere facts and skills. Those things are valuable, but they are not educational.

An education teaches one how to think and how to learn. Study of logic, doing one research paper after another, and more types of work teach us how to use our minds.  Yes, we are taught things, but that is secondary to learning to discipline one’s mind.

Once you have learned certain things and learned how you learned them, then you can look at the world God made for us with clearer eyes.  You can see for yourself how the world does indeed declare the glory of God.  How ruins and remnants thousands of years old support literal readings of the Bible.

Explore my blog under the category of “Science & History and the Bible.” It carries a broad range of topics.  I hope all will find things there that speak to you, that will…Expand Your Mind!

2 thoughts on “Expand Your Mind

  1. I was taught in college that its purpose was to teach you how to gain knowledge for yourself once you graduated. Life in God’s univer…sity is about learning.

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