“Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God;only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.”
In school, we learn by filling our brains with many facts. But, there is another kind of learning that we also need. It is learning how to live well: how to have a good life, how to get along with other people, how to have a meaningful life.
Some people feel that they don’t need to learn this. They feel that they already know everything. The Bible calls them “fools,” which means stupid people. They “thumb their noses” at such learning. This idiom means that they show contempt for such learning by flipping their nose with their thumb, a very rude thing to do.
有人却不认为如此，他们自以为万事都懂。圣经称他们是愚昧，愚笨的人。他们thumb their noses用手撬起鼻子，这是很粗鲁的行为，意思是瞧不起看轻有关生活的学习
But the person who is not a fool knows that he or she needs this kind of learning. But how do you learn how to live well? The first step is in bowing down to God. This does not mean lowering our head the way we would in front of an idol. It means telling God: “I believe that You made me. You know everything. Teach me how to live and how to please You.”
These “words to live by” are found in the Bible, in the book of Proverbs, chapter one, verse seven:
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