Back in the day, on my first day of learning how to drive, my instructor taught me the use of the parts of the car; from the gears to the lights to the brakes and more. I was excited. However, day one ended without me driving. I had learnt a lot about driving. I was ready for the next day, for the driving part though.
When I attempted to learn how to play the piano, my music teacher Deno, showed me the major and minor scales, the chords, which button responded to which key, how my hands should bend and the other nitty gritty of playing the piano.
Friends, you didn’t want to be around when I made the first practical attempt. I almost rammed the car, which by the way, we had stolen from our pastor for the sole purpose of ‘education’. Pastors are good people; we were spared. The sound the piano made when I attempted to play would make a deaf person throw their hands off in protest!
It is this relationship between theory and action that was the focus of the last speaker at the Fearless Summit. It was not Bishop Masika’s first time at the Summit. Last year, he had given the participants homework, to act! His message this year was simple; it was still a call to action. Enough had been said. So much wisdom was shared and now it was time for participants to get the extra push.
“You need to stop attending these conferences”, he said, “and start implementing what you have learned.” How true!
The good Bishop’s fear was very legitimate. There is nothing wrong with acquiring knowledge and increasing one’s understanding. In fact, the creator of the heavens says that His people perish because of lack of knowledge! Knowledge is good. Proverbs actually encourages us to gain knowledge and not to sell it. Yours truly recommends that you actually attend the transform leaders gathering happening on the 6th and 7th at Worship harvest Naalya.
But do you know what is better? Yes, you are right; actioning that knowledge. In the words of James, “faith without actions is dead”. I will add emphasis on that (it’s my blog, I get to do this), knowledge without action doesn’t yield anything.
My family and I used to stay in rented spaces. We didn’t have the pleasure of arguing about open or closed plan kitchens. There was no kitchen in the house. The verandah was the kitchen and charcoal stoves were the sophisticated gargets used in meal preparation.
My mum would warn me about the red-hot charcoal in the stoves. She told me that it would burn me if I ever touched it. I believed her but curiosity had the best of me. So, one day, I made an attempt at confirming her allegations when she had taken a walk. I still have a scar that testifies to that story.
After that incident, you wouldn’t find me anywhere near the charcoal stove. My knowledge of fire had been improved. I am not advocating for parents to let their children burn so as to obtain knowledge and understanding, I am just illustrating the difference between theory and action.
Imagine how much better the world would be if we moved from knowledge gatherers to people who acted on what they know? Imagine if we decided to implement one action per day of the many things we decided to do. The truth is that we are not short of knowledge to change the world. No. We have all the knowledge. It is on the inside of us. What we lack is putting that knowledge to action.
Decide today to become an action person. Giving is good, start doing it. Your knowledge is only beneficial to you if not shared with others or actioned upon. Make the world a better place. Action your knowledge.