I have thought a lot about this particular question in light of a couple of areas in my own life personally. I am a seminary student and I also work a full-time job for a major corporation.
On the academic front, there are people (both students and professors) that are very gifted and intelligent people. They are able to command the respect of their peers and other colleagues because of their intellectual prowess. Then there are others who are not extremely gifted, not eloquent speakers, but they work hard and put long hours into their studies. They may get an “A” for effort, but they will never be recognized as persons with great intellect or talent.
In the workplace, there are people who seem to be promoted at the drop of a hat, everytime there is an opening, these individuals seem to get the opportunity. It does not matter that they do not possess the business acumen or the practical experience, or in some cases higher education to obtain these promotions. Then there are those people who will work the same job for 15-20 years, never moving, never advancing. Do these people lack ambition or do they just feel like there is no place for them outside of their current position? Then you read about the guy who started out in the mailroom or on the lowest level of the food chain, and then he somehow has worked his way up to being CEO or head of the entire company. What is the difference between these two individuals? Is it motivation? Is it education? Is it intelligence?
I really do not know if these questions can be answered in either the academic realm or the workplace, but I am reminded of the passage from I Corinthians 1:26-31:
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise: and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him, are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God, is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according to as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. [Quotation from the King James Version]
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