Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

July 20, 2013

A positive minute: K is for Knowledge

Dr. Michael Layne
Daily News

---- — Ecclesiastes 7:12:

“For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.

The Oxford Dictionary defines knowledge as facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject

Definition of wisdom: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period:

Have you ever met people who exhibited a broad knowledge base, but just didn’t do well with people skills? What about that person who “knows it all?” Kinda tough to work with, aren’t they?

Ever wonder why that is? The Bible gives us a clue and here it is: Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”

Some have not learned how to convey their knowledge with wisdom so others will be able to receive what is being said. I knew a person once who was very knowledgeable about the inner working of musical instruments.

He could repair about any problem a person would have with an instrument, especially if it had electronics involved with it.

The problem was this: If you asked him a simple question, he would always go into a litany of how the thing worked and sometimes it could become a rather lengthy explanation. He was very good at what he did, but I often, didn’t have the time to take the crash course in the repair of the instrument, so I would just hand the instrument to him and say, “Fix it because here’s what it is or is not doing,” and asked when I should check back with him.

That usually worked pretty good. The problem: The gentleman didn’t use good wisdom in how he conveyed his knowledge base and it was difficult for those who had other things going on and needed to move on with their lives.

Okay, I’ll admit to it; I’m a get to the point kind of a guy. If I really do need the ins and outs of a situation, I’ll ask. If not, just give me the Reader’s Digest version and I’m just fine.

Knowledge is a great process, but wisdom helps us know how to convey or work with our knowledge base, and it really helps others around us appreciate us better, also.

I remember calling a locksmith one time to open a door for me. I suffered through several minutes of an explanation of how the thing worked and how he was going to get the door open. It seemed as though I was taking a crash course in locksmithing! He finally opeed the door and I paid him and said thank you.

In all of our getting, let’s get wisdom which tempers our knowledge base so we are able to communicate with others much better.

I hope I have used good wisdom in writing this column.

The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or