“… your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’” (Isaiah 47:10, NIV)

Have you ever worked with anyone who has a learning disability? One of the most heartbreaking issues associated with this type of handicap is the condescending attitude – of co-workers and even some bosses – toward these individuals. How would it make you feel to watch some of your co-workers receive praise while you were constantly criticized for being slow or incompetent?

It recently dawned on me how easily we fall victim to this type of transgression. We don’t need to be afflicted with a learning disability to experience the feeling of inadequacy. We have all had times when someone tried to use their “knowledge” to make us think they were smarter, better informed, or more competent than us.

We, too, have that same opportunity to offend others with our knowledge, if we choose. As Christians, however, we should take a different path. Knowledge should be viewed as a gift from God that is used to empower others, not to cripple or demean them.

“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.” (Psalm 119:66, NIV)

I have experienced several different approaches from people using their knowledge during my career. I have been the brunt of several attacks, so those “knowledgeable” people could prove how much smarter they were than me. And, there have been times that I have benefited greatly from someone’s knowledge, as they politely led me to the right conclusions.

Can you identify any opportunities that you may have to positively impact others with your knowledge? Do you typically use your knowledge as a curse, or as a blessing to others?

Remember the apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 8:1, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Use your knowledge this Thursday to “build up” those around you.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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  1. You are consistently hitting the nail on the head and you will have the house built soooon!!!! This is a good one. Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  2. garden2day Says:

    Very good advice for all of us! As (excuse me) Red-Green used to say, “We are all in this together.” We should all feel worthy and included–that is how God sees us. Thank you for this and have a great day! 😀


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