Wat is kennis en wat is my verantwoordelikheid ten opsigte daar van?
En as ek uiteindelik ken – die kennis besit, wat dan?
There are some who desire knowledge merely for its own sake; and that is shameful curiosity. And there are others who desire to know, in order that they may themselves be known; and that is vanity, disgraceful too. Others again desire knowledge in order to acquire money or preferment by it; that too is a discreditable quest. But there are also some who desire knowledge, that they may build up the souls of others with it; and that is charity. Others, again, desire it that they may themselves be built up thereby; and that is prudence. Of all these types, only the last two put knowledge to the right use…
(St. Bernard, Sermon on the Canticle of Canticles).
Kan en wil ek dit dan gebruik om aan ander te gee, al is dit ook iets klein?
We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others. What do I mean loving ourselves properly? I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others.
Laat ek dan hierdie kennis toe om lewend te word in my?
I tremble and give thanks every time I read the Bible. God meets us on these pages and awakens us to a world more broken and blessed than we imagined. If you love your life just as it is right now, forget about the Bible. Entering the biblical story of God’s self-giving love, and living among other people shaped by it, could be dangerous. When you get into this story, it will get into you and begin shaping how you live. When you think of yourself as part of this story, you will hear God speaking words of warning and comfort to you. Let yourself get lost in this story, and you will find yourself drawn into a new way to live.
(Susan Briehl, Mary Emily Briehl Wells, and Magdalena Briehl Wells “The Story” Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens)
Luister ook gerus na “Small Things with Great Love“.