Knowing and Believing by Jim Stovall
We spend the first portion of our life learning. Our education is both formal and informal as we learn in the classroom but also collect information from everywhere we go and in everything we do. Knowing facts makes us aware of the current conditions around us and the state of the art in any field. There was a time when educated people knew, as a fact, that the sun revolved around the earth, machines that were heavier than air could never fly, and there was no cure for polio.
Then the facts changed, and today we know that the earth and all of the planets in our solar system revolve around the sun. Aircraft that weigh many tons can fly you literally around the globe in comfort and safety, and in most parts of the world, polio is a distant memory.
Before the facts changed, some of the smartest people in the world knew the current information but were willing to apply something more powerful than knowledge which is the belief that something beyond the status quo was possible. Knowing is valuable, but believing is priceless.
The world has always been changed by bold people who are willing to work hard to learn facts but then are willing to apply their belief that things will be different in the future.
Knowledge can either be used as an excuse to accept the current situation, or the same set of facts can be the basis for a launching pad that can take us beyond the world as we currently know it. Therefore, the most powerful questions we can ask are “What if?” or “Why not?”
The late, great astronomer Carl Sagan said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
Since the beginning of time, human beings have stared into the night sky to gaze upon all that they could see. A few bold and curious people wondered what was beyond that which could be observed, and a handful of innovators and pioneers declared, “We will go there.” Their belief, followed by a declaration, launched the process of progress.
Many thousands of very knowledgeable people worked diligently so that the first man could walk on the moon, but the fuse was lit when President Kennedy went beyond the current limitations of knowledge, believed in greater possibilities, and declared the U.S. “should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
Learn everything that is known, but believe in that which is beyond.
As you go through your day today, strike a balance between what you know and what you believe.
Today’s the day!