What about Education?
Katie Davis is certainly learning from her experiences as a missionary and a mother, but what about formal education? Isn’t she missing out because of this lack in her life?
Here are her words,
This doesn’t have a lot to do with what Katie talked about in this chapter, but I think it’s an interesting topic for discussion.
Do we emphasize a formal education more than we do following God’s call?
There is certainly nothing wrong with having a college education. I have a BA in secondary English education, and while I have not taught English since then, I have used the skills I learned there in both my personal and professional life. I knew though that I was doing what God called me to do when I got the degree.
Our culture, even many Christians, elevate education to this mythic place. The thought is often conveyed in one succinct sentence: knowledge is power. We believe that the more knowledge we accumulate, the more we will control the world around us and increase our effectiveness.
The problem is, we don’t see that anywhere in scripture. In the view of the Bible, we don’t know anything until we first act on it. The most famous stories of the Bible start with a person God chooses when the world would passed them by. He tells them to do something that doesn’t make a lot of sense. As they trust with faith and action, they move into godly wisdom.
Nowhere does it mention a two-week class, a five-hour seminar, or even a six-week sermon series. None of those things are bad, but if they don’t translate into helping us fulfill what He called us to do, we waste precious time.
I would propose that some people are never meant to go for a higher education. It has nothing to do with desire, but everything to do with what God is speaking. You may or may not have the desire, but if He called you to it, He will grace you to walk it out.
Knowledge may be power in the world’s system, but it means little in God’s Kingdom. He desires wisdom and He’ll even impart it to us if we set our focus on His reverence and honor.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. –Proverbs 9:10
What are your thoughts about this? Why do you think we push so hard for higher education? Do you see this differently than I do?
This is part of our book club discussion on Week 15 of Kisses from Katie (disclosure) by Katie J. Davis and Beth Clark. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.