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Apply What You Know
Published: 7/19/2011 9:27:40 AM


One definite perk of my job is I get to travel and attend yearly educational conferences.

In fact, I just returned from one such blogging conference.

My career in communications covers social media, public relations, writing and editing… and the list goes on. It’s an exciting and ever-changing field, and every time I conclude a conference, I feel like my head is spinning and I’ll never know it all.

To keep my sanity, rather than master everything, I try to focus on the most important and do it well.

For someone who loves words and reading, this is kind of an embarrassing confession: I have never read the entire Bible, cover-to-cover. I’ve tried. Trust me, I’ve tried. I’ve probably read the book of Genesis a dozen times in my short-lived attempts. But somewhere around Exodus, I start to feel overwhelmed and I give up.

The same happens when I try to learn too much at work. I focus more on the learning and less on the doing. But the problem therein lies: without application, we cannot truly master anything. I can attend every conference in the world on blogging and writing, but until I truly dive in and write, nothing will stick.

In the same sense, we can read the entire Bible countless times, but it is in believing and applying it that we live in His Word. Knowledge alone won’t help us. God works through His word to bring us to faith and guide our Christian life.

Often, we try to find new ways to fix ourselves. To connect the puzzle pieces of our careers or our lives. Sometimes all we need to do is apply what we already know, what we’ve been taught forever. Sometimes applying the basics makes all the difference.

It’s important to thirst for knowledge and strive to learn. But the hardest part of attending any career conference isn’t grasping the advice, hints and best practices. The trickiest step is returning to the cubicle and applying the concepts. This step takes guts and creativity.

The Christian life is similar. We should thirst for God’s word and dive into it. But the most difficult part is when we put down our study Bibles and live. Its a good thing that the Holy Spirit calls us through the Word, enlightens us as we read, and enables us to live a life that reflects His holiness. As the Lord helps us apply His Word to our lives, we grow.

Angie Laxdal

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