Bible scholars are not made overnight. They are developed over time. If you pace yourself, making comprehension your objective, while maintaining the discipline to learn a little more each day, you will find that you will be able to wield this tool masterfully.
Instant Bible Scholars Are Not Made Overnight
I have a confession to make. Years ago, when I first purchased Logos Bible Software, I thought that once I purchased the software, I would be an instant Bible Scholar. Boy was I wrong.
Purchasing Logos Bible software doesn’t make you a Bible scholar any more than buying an Apple Pencil makes you Leonardo DaVinci. Ask me how I know. Yes, after buying the Apple Pencil, I was honestly surprised that I didn’t automatically possess the skill-set of a professional artist, even though I didn’t know how to draw before buying the Apple Pencil!
The same applies here. Just because you purchase Logos Bible Software, it does not make you an instant Bible scholar. Like an artist, it will require time, patience and a lot of practice before you become proficient using Logos Bible Software.
I know the temptation is to think that by possessing the tool itself, you will automatically become the academic scholar who can expound on the Word of God like no other, or perhaps, like few others. If buying a basketball at your local Walmart does not automatically turn you into an NBA player overnight, why then would purchasing Logos Bible Software turn you into an academic scholar overnight?
The reason that I am hitting this point hard is because I am very confident that deep down inside, you very well may believe that you are the exception to this rule. You may believe that having purchased the software itself, that somehow, you will magically be able to provide incredible insight and depth into the Word of God. I can tell you, however, that the more time you invest in your development, the more accurate you will communicate the Word.
The same principle applies to that individual who picks up an Apple Pencil wanting to become an artist, or to the person who picks up a wrench and wants to become a master mechanic. Even Michael Jordan did not become “Michael Jordan” overnight. The potential for you to grow personally, and communicate the Word effectively is always there, but it is up to you to invest the time and energy as you investigate and communicate the Word.
Take Baby Steps
One of my all-time favorite movies, “What About Bob”, was released in the summer of 1991. In this movie, Bill Murray (Bob), plays the role of a patient of Psychologist, Dr. Marvin, (Richard Dreyfuss). “Bob” is afraid of everything, even afraid to leave his own house. Dr. Marvin tells him that in order to break out of this fear, he needs to take “Baby Steps”. Below is a short memorable clip from the movie.
Dr. Marvin says, “For instance, when you leave this office, don’t think of everything you have to do in order to get out of the building. Just think of what you have to do to get out of this room, and when you get to the hall, deal with that hall, and so on.”
In order to grow in your knowledge, comprehension, and application of Logos, you must take in bite size pieces. Allow me a moment to elaborate a little further.
My wife and I once took a young man out to dinner, who had never been to a steakhouse in his life. In fact, he had never eaten choice steak before, and the t-bone steak that he ordered was big, thick, and juicy. When the food arrived at the table, he immediately cut a large piece of steak and gulped it down. The piece he had cut off was so large, that he had a hard time chewing it, and when he attempted to swallow it, he started to choke and I almost had to apply the hemlock maneuver on him.
Logos Bible Software is comprehensive, and once you understand all that it can do, you might find yourself intimidated by it. It was Desmond Tutu who wisely said, “There is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” You have to take small bites, one at a time. Digest what you have eaten, and only then should you take another bite. Eventually, you will find that you have conquered what you once thought was impossible.
Do Not Rush the Learning Process
Comprehension is the goal here. Not the completion of a training course. That may sound ironic coming from me, given that I am developing courses on how to investigate the Word using Logos, and helping you communicate what you have learned effectively. I’ll say it again, comprehension is the goal, not the completion of a given course. The funny thing is that once you learn how to use Logos Bible Software, you will always be learning more. With each passing day, you will comprehend more, and you will naturally communicate what you have learned.
Take race car drivers, for example. They are not made overnight. It takes time. It takes practice. A lot of practice. What happens when you hand the keys of a Lamborghini Gallardo in the hand of a 16 year old? Within 5 minutes, they will undoubtedly crash. Why? Because they don’t have the experience to handle such a powerful machine. They have not taken the time (or had the opportunity), to invest time behind the wheel, learning how fast it accelerates, how to take turns under different circumstances. They have not had the opportunity to practice. Only after they have spent time behind the wheel, . . . a lot of time, and under different driving conditions, will they be able to handle that powerful machine well.
In the same way, only after you have invested the time learning how to use Logos, and having spent numerous hours practicing using the tool, will you reach your full potential in wielding this tool.
Do not rush the learning process. If you don’t understand what you have gone over, go over the material again. There is no shame in that. It is shameful, however, if you “complete” a course, and have only comprehended a small portion of what you completed. I’ll say it one more time. Comprehension is the goal.