February 2, 2018

"An Investment in Knowledge Pays the Best Interest"

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I enjoy reading educational quotes and thought it'd be fun to share this particular one by Benjamin Franklin, which definitely has a clever play on words! In our day, we often hear about financial services, IRAs, and which retirement plans will bring on the highest yield. When we see or hear words like "investment" and "interest" in the same sentence, together, it's not uncommon for us to correlate them with finances.

Of course, Mr. Franklin's quote had an entirely different meaning to it. There's nothing wrong with planning for our financial future, but I personally agree that the biggest return on investment definitely comes from the knowledge and wisdom we accrue throughout our lifetime. Old or young, every day can be a learning experience.

From a Christian standpoint, there's always room to grow in our knowledge and walk with God. The Book of Proverbs is a wonderful resource for gaining God's wisdom. Here are just two related verses that stand out for me (from a collection of many) when I think about Franklin's quote, above:

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.
 – Proverbs 18:15

Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. 
– Proverbs 20:15

*Photo Source: Pixabay / Composition: Our Everyday Harvest


Diana said...

I love your photo of old books! I am always trying to think of good blog photos to stage that fit a post.

I love Ben Franklin quotes. Nice post

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Hi Diana...me, too. He knew what he was talking about!

I really fell in love with this beautiful photo when I first saw it. Unfortunately, I can't take credit for it...the photographer has a lovely collection to choose from on Pixabay. ;-)

Diana said...

Cool! Do you have to pay to use their images?

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Hi Diana, It's actually an free image resource, although there are different attribution requirements. It all depends on the content owner's terms, which you can find on the specific image page. Some don't require an attribution, but I always like to give credit when credit is due, even if it's not required. :-)

Brenda Melendez said...

That is a great quote, and I like how you tied it in to some Bible verses. Proverbs is definitely full of lots of wisdom. I always enjoy learning new things, so it's nice to be reminded that it's a good thing.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

It definitely is nice, Brenda! I love reading Proverbs, because it's full of all kinds of advice, both spiritual and practical. It's almost like a guideline on the way God wants us to live. :-)

Kristen H said...

Roll and color is a great idea. My kids love dice so it is perfect for us.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

That's a really fun one, Kristen, and easy enough for younger children, too. We also enjoy dice activities like this! :-)

ANetInTime said...

it's a good quote!

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