I have spent some time around really, really smart people. Some have little to no formal schooling. Intelligence is the ability to acquire AND apply knowledge and skills. Don’t confuse book smarts with intelligence. It is in the application of knowledge where true intelligence is found—learning from those who have gone before us is also known as wisdom. We are encouraged to be ready to learn, to be open to knowledge, but we must be careful about the source of information we take in. We must be critical of what we read, listen to, and watch. There are some excellent learning resources available and some terrible ones. Of course, you should start with the Word of God, reading it, meditating on it, studying it, conversing with others about it, and living it out. After all, the Great Commission instructs us to “teach others to observe/obey” what Christ says. The search for truth, knowledge, and wisdom is why Lyndsey and I have an immense library and surround our girls with excellent books. It’s why we spend time reading to them and with them. Stay thirsty, my friends!
Proverbs 18:15: “Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.”