I once worked for the Palm Beach County Florida School System teaching English to Spanish speaking adults. One night a well meaning volunteer showed up to help with my beginner’s class. Unfortunately, each time a student would ask him a question he would get frustrated with them and say “speak English.”
The volunteer kept forgetting that the reason they were there was they couldn’t speak English. He didn’t realize that people just don’t know what they don’t know.
That’s true of all of us. There is some area of knowledge where all of us are lacking. And it could be a good investment of time to focus one evening on gaining knowledge in an area where you are deficient instead of simply being entertained.
The book of Proverbs repeatedly encourages us to gain knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Yet most people are happy to remain blissfully ignorant because they just don’t know what they don’t know. But taking time to find out what you don’t know, might redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.