Educated or Informed?

Uneducated or uninformed?


A thought that just came to me: I think it is better to use the word “informed” and not “educated” when talking about a person’s understanding. Bullet sub-points:

+ A person can know little about reality and have a PhD in stalactite and be called educated. Meanwhile, a person with no degrees (i.e., a big percentage of the mega-world-changers I know) may be called uneducated.

+ Education is critical.

-But isn’t it more important to be ‘informed’ about things that matter: e.g., what kids and teenagers and young people and middle-aged people and the elderly care about, how much we are impacted by our economic/social/moral/eco/etc environments?

+ Being informed requires discipline. (Getting ‘educated’ requires discipline too.) Being informed means reading/learning about what you may not be interested in all the time (e.g., reading the ‘world’ section of the newspaper as compared to the gossip section).

+ Being informed often means hearing it firsthand. Which means relationships.

First Aid Items For Your Vacation

Stay healthy abroad.

Here are some helpful items to include in your first-aid kit for when you go on your trip. Or, if you have an injury while on your vacation, visit your local grocery or convenience store to find these items.

1) BURN CREAM- Many people have ended up with a first, second or third degree burn when fixing their car and/or lighting a fire/barbeque.  Burn Creams such as aleo vera cream and/or an antibiotic cream can help reduce pain for first and second  degree burns.  However these should not be used for third degree burns and should be treated medically immediately.

2) PLASTIC GLOVES & MOUTH PIECE- These are important to make sure your safety and/or anyone else’s safety if you ever have to administer first aid and/or CPR.

3) MOUTHWASH (if alcohol based) can work as a sterilizer for wounds and instruments (for example, tweezers), and an accelerator for a fire for warmth and cooking.

4) INSTANT COLD PACKS- Apply to a sprain, or swelling in case of injury.

5) TWEEZERS- Can be used to pick out stones and splinters out of wounds, and used as a tool for small jobs.
– Jamie Carpenter

Fear of Weakness

God uses our weaknesses for his glory.


Last night when I was hanging out with friends, someone suggested we each share one of our fears. When it came around to me, I couldn’t think of anything I was willing to share. The second question was, If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be? (In other words, What is one of your weaknesses?) Again, my answer was pathetic.

I look back now and realize that my “unresponses” answered both questions perfectly. That is, one of my weaknesses is to fear how people will respond if I make myself vulnerable.

When I consider James 5:16 (“confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed”), it’s a shame that I passed up such a good opportunity. Indeed, the Holy Spirit has been working overtime recently to show me how wracked with weaknesses I really am. Arrogance and everything surrounding that. Seeking great things for myself. A too-frequent lack of wisdom and restraint. A severe shortage of grace for others. Over-sensitivity to others’ criticism (which is often close to the truth, if not right on). The list goes on.

But as if my weaknesses (i.e., sin, shortcomings, etc) aren’t enough, as I think about it, I am overwhelmed even with my weakness as a confessor. That is:
-I like to compare myself to others and think and hope I’m not that bad (or when I’m extra-arrogant, still better)
-I’m willing to confess if I can “balance” it with a strength (e.g., I have trouble getting up early, but I have a lot of self-discipline after that)
-I am quicker to confess sins that I [think I] have improved on because “I’m better now”
-Sometimes I want to confess primarily because it’ll make me feel better (not because I offended God or another person)
-I prefer to confess when the other person will confess back
-I like to confess if it will make me look humble

Ouch. Talk about hypocrisy.

Lord, thank you for your mercy. And help me to realize more and more that the fact you call me a saint (!) is thanks to nothing but your grace.

The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
“Slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness” – Psalm 103:8

Eurail Pass 101

Save money and avoid headaches on Europe’s universal train.

1.) Travel before you’re 26 if possible, as 26 is the magic number throughout Europe. There are discounts on tours and entrance fees and especially the Eurail Pass. If you’re not, that’s okay too. There are other specials available with a little research.

2.) Get the Eurail Pass and get it before you leave. If you have a pass, you can save a lot of money if you’re traveling across western Europe. In addition, if you’re heading to the UK, the BritRail pass is also well worth it. Train tickets also increase much in price closer to the departure date, and more often than not, you won’t be planning every train trip weeks in advance.

3.) Before using your Eurail pass, find out what trains take you to your destination. The Pass lists most trains, but there are others available. So, to avoid being checked mid-journey and having to pay more, ask at the station before boarding. And then ask again, just to be sure.
– Janet Moore

Choosing Your Wedding Destination

It’ll most likely be the same place you’ll have your honeymoon.

Don’t be intimidated about pursuing a destination wedding. There are a number of wedding planners that can show you the ins and outs and give you a little direction on where you want to go. One option is having your wedding and honeymoon in the same place, like a Mexican resort or in the Caribbean. This option saves you money and requires a lot less planning. If you still have doubts, pursue a wedding planner or talk to a friend who had a destination wedding to make sure that you have an unforgettable trip.

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