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What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You

Don't Ignore God's Warning Signs.

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The following inspirational guest blog is from fellow WisdomWalker, friend, father and Ironman Todd Gothberg. Blog: http://toddgothberg.blogspot.com Twitter: @Gberg8

Ignorance is Bliss?
When I was growing up, my parents were full of idioms that they shared with me as points of learning. The two phrases I remember repeated often were, "ignorance is bliss" and "what you don't know won't hurt you." They seemed to go hand in hand, and I became convinced that there were things in life that I was better off not knowing. I bought into the concept, but as I grew older and wiser, I came to see the flaw in the supposed logic.

Pay Attention to the Warning Signs.
Two years ago while competing for Team USA and getting ready for the World Triathlon Championships off the Gold Coast in Australia, I did most of my pre-race swim training in the channel adjacent to my hotel. It was always clear of boats, and there was never another swimmer to worry about. I had the water to myself. After a few days of mile swims back and forth across the inlet, I was finishing up my last swim when I heard a local Australian yelling at me from the bridge above. He called me out of the water and waved me up to where he was, right next to a sign that I hadn't seen from my entry point beach side. "WARNING: DO NOT swim in this channel, it is full of bull sharks!" I went back to my room to research and become less ignorant about bull sharks.

Here's what I learned: they are the world's most likely shark to attack humans. They favor shallow, coastal waters, which is also, not coincidentally, where people swim.  They average 7-11 feet long, far smaller than their great white cousins but more prone to travel and attack in packs. They love to rip and shred anything in which they come into contact. Nice.

Lessons Learned.
The obvious lesson for me was to be better informed. My ignorance could have been deadly. It goes without saying that I steered clear of those waters from that day forward. Not knowing something or lacking an awareness can seem momentarily blissful, but life is filled with things that we must know if we are to minimize pain, suffering or premature death. The signs are everywhere, but in our blissfully ignorant nature, we often miss them.

As a believer, I've come to know that the One who created me put all of the warnings and instruction in one place for me to read. And He did so out of love. Now the choice is mine. I can remain ignorant and temporarily blissful by ignoring His Word and wisdom, or I can gain and apply the His knowledge to my walk in this world. It's not a guarantee that I'll avoid all of life's problems, but it will keep those problems to a minimum. It will keep me out of life's shark-infested waters.

"My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body."  - Proverbs 4:20-22

WisdomWalkers…let’s pay attention to God’s warnings and incline our ear to His wisdom.

Take Action:

  1. What warning signs have you missed? In what areas of life?
  2. How might paying attention to His Word help you make better decisions?

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