Knowing Too Much But Doing Too Little!

Heard the story of a b

usinessman known for his ruthlessness, arrogance and religiosity, and how he told Mark Twain that before he dies he intends to visit the Holy Land, climb Mount Sinai and read the Ten Commandments aloud. ‘I have a better idea,’ Twain replied. ‘Just stay here in Boston and keep them!’

We’d rather cogitate on what we don’t know than act on what we know we need to do. For example, a company knows it needs to improve its quality control so the executives discuss the problem, listen to presentations, read all kinds of books, look at state-of-the-art systems, but never actually get around to doing anything.

Their problem isn’t ignorance; it’s knowing too much but doing too little. Another everyday example: people would rather debate the merits of protein vs. carbs, French cooking vs. vegetarian, lifting weights vs. cardio, than change how they eat. The bottom line is simple: expend more calories than you take in. Likewise, some Christians would rather debate doctrine than do what Jesus says.

As the old ad for Nike trainers said – just do it! Practise loving a difficult person; try forgiving someone; give some money away; stop and say thanks; worship God; encourage a friend; bless an enemy; when you’re in the wrong say, ‘I’m sorry.’

Face it: you already know more than you need to. And nothing turns people off faster than somebody with a head full of knowledge who lacks grace and character. It’s the same today as it was when James wrote, ‘Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers’ (James 1:22).

Good morning everyone and have a great day!

25 thoughts on “Knowing Too Much But Doing Too Little!

  1. hits home. I have the same problem of planning but not acting. I think it’s because I’m afraid of failing once I do start acting upon my plans or perhaps it’s the idea of not knowing what comes after I have carried out my plan that freezes me. I’m trying to get over it but I think most people face these internal obstacles a few times in life – it is most likely to strike when we want something too much.

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    1. Thank you for sharing my friend. There’s always the fear of the unknown, it seems to lie dormant at a corner in our heart and magnifies itself when we try to embark on any new task. One of the greatest obstacles of man is the fear of the unknown. If we want to excel and achieve any set goal then we must We must know who we are. Don’t ask. Act! Our actions will delineate and define us and not our words alone. – Thomas Jefferson.
      I’m glad you dropped by.

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  2. I love this.. this is what I tend to write about.. I had a phase of my life where this article summed me up completely.. I use to think extreme amounts and accumulate new knowledge without ever actually doing anything with the knowledge I acquired. Eventually I found God’s grace, got happy living in the moment and now I couldn’t be happier. 🙂 nice article!


  3. That is so true. I would rather have someone who has character and grace than someone who knows everything. Besides no one can know it all because we are not God. God is the only one who knows everything anyway. I love this. Awesome post. Hope you had a great day. Love you!

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