Is this some type of Zen stuff!? you are a Black Belt!!
Today let me share three things I have found:
- We are on a journey
- It’s not a sin to be ignorant, but should be one to remain
- We are life-long learners
Christianity is not a destination it is a journey!Lo and behold, years later I FINALLY understood what they meant! Earning a black belt is no easy task. Then you realize that black belt is not a destination, it is only one stop on a JOURNEY!
After my first stop, I understand that we never stop learning; even more so when you go to 1st Dan or higher!
Shouldn’t it be this way in every part of life? As a Christian I realize that it takes only a moment to become a Christian with the prayer of salvation (Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior) but it takes an entire life to become a saint!
I had the opportunity to attend a karate seminar with my teacher Kyoshi Wilcox. The attendees were good old Okinawan Kenpo people. I met instructors I had heard about and participated in the weapons seminar.
This is when I had to practice what I preach.
It's not a sin to be ignorant (but should be one to remain)I love the way of the empty hand, but it is necessary to also know the traditional weapons. This is an area that I know that I am deficient with. Just as I said earlier in Opportunities, this is a chance to learn and behave as I have been taught. There I was with lower ranking belts, (sometimes we can learn more from beginners than intermediate levels. Think: basics are that important!)
I am a black belt, I should know Kobudo. It was time to get serious as this is a requirement for advancement. This is also an excellent opportunity because my Sensei is the best Kobudo man in the Mid-West!
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We are life long learners
So, here I am, with a bunch of lower ranking belts, and a few looking at me (for direction?) I flatly said I don’t know weapons, then went on not to let the awkward moment result in pride or humiliation welling up. I know that if I can get the sequence of a kata, I will hone the points down to where they go and learn bunkai as well. If I passed belt tests, and can teach and speak to 8 classes a week, I can surely do this!
With God’s grace and emptying out pride I learned humbly along with two blue belts and a yellow belt. Pride has no place in Karate… nor in the church.
Just look at three scriptures:
- James 4:1-10, but specifically verse 10
- I Corinthians 10:12 (in context with 9:27-10:13)
- Proverbs 16:18