This week, we are going to look at the topic “Studying to impact your generation”. To study is “to read in detail especially with the intention of learning” or “to consider attentively or in detail.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines the verb “impact” as “to have an important or noticeable effect on someone or something”.
A generation is also defined as “all people of about the same age”. It is also referred to as the average period of time between the birth of a person and the birth of that person’s children.
Studying to impact your generation, therefore, means to be intentional or deliberate about what you learn in order for other people in your generation to also benefit from what you study or the knowledge you acquire. This means that it is important to acquire knowledge but knowledge acquisition should not only be intended to help ourselves but to benefit society.
Today’s scripture readings entreat us to study to show ourselves approved as a workman who need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. This means that our study should not just be done anyhow but should be done meticulously so that we can understand it well and also be able to pass it on to others. Hosea 4:6 says that “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Let us acquire the right knowledge to enhance our lives.
I encourage you to study the Bible, your academic materials, Christian literature and other materials that will be beneficial to you and to society. As a student, do not only “chew (cram), pour (produce at exams), pass and forget” but study in order to impact others.