Four Word Progress part 2: Time's Signature


Information simply is. Information is all around you. You use your information-gathering apparatuses to take it in. Your five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste as filtered through our mind (more on that later). What am I to make of all of this, you might ask. Here's the thing: who says we're supposed to make judgment calls on what we see and sense? It seems that not only is it necessary to discern (a word meaning to do that very thing: take in and know) the whats and whys of information, but it's also something we do automatically. Without having to be told. We take in information and depending on our level of teachability and humility, we decide what we're gonna do with it. Okay.


Knowledge, in my opinion, is something more than information. Knowledge is one step above information. Whereas information can simply be without human influence or interaction, knowledge is information that we (as humans with minds) have taken in and accumulated and, hopefully, use to our advantage. And this is necessary. We're not mindless, nor are we meant to conduct ourselves in such a manner. When Paul says that "knowledge puffs up (makes proud), but love edifies" (1 Corninthians 8:1), does that contradict Peter's exhortation to "add to your faith...knowledge" (2 Peter 1:5)? No. Because it all depends on what you're doing with that information, that knowledge. It's a matter of humility and teachability—or meekness as translated in Ephesians (4:2).

It's also a matter of how much we're willing to bring to God the input, the information we receive. Solomon says to "acknowledge God in all [our] ways" (Proverbs 3:5-6). This is something I'm learning more and more, every day, to do. God help me. God help you.


And here's where time comes in (thanks to my friend Andy for helping work out the fine points of these (not-so-simple) topics): Wisdom. Wisdom includes information, certainly. And wisdom is ten-thousand times more important than knowledge. It’s almost like wisdom is to knowledge what knowledge is to information. Just as the assimilation of information creates knowledge, wisdom, if I may, takes from above to deal properly with said knowledge. Does this make sense? Albert Einstein was incredibly knowledgeable regarding the physical world as well as the world of physics. But he was somewhat inept when it came to things quotidian. I digress. Solomon, again in Proverbs (1:7), says that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." I don't think this is contradicting the previous because wisdom—while utilizing information as well as knowledge in its outlook—does not necessarily require both. And it certainly doesn't arise out of either because it's something God gives to you. Over time. James says (1:5), "If any of you lack wisdom, let him (or her) ask of God, who gives to all men (and women) liberally, and upbraideth (reprimands) not; and it shall be given [them]." You get the idea.


Love. Love is the fourth. Love includes all but is directed toward God. Love supersedes all because it's the ultimate aim of all information, all knowledge, all wisdom. Each one on its own may be (even wisdom, perhaps) devoid of the kind of love Jesus showed and exemplified. Paul, in his letter to the Colossians (2:3) says that in Jesus (who is love) "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge". It doesn't get any simpler than that.

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