Prepared by David Knopp (http://davidknopp.blogspot.com) 1 | P a g e
How to Research an
Before we discuss how to write a card, we should discuss how to
feel about writing a card. Let’s face it, there are 100 topics –big,
scary topics that threaten to break your brain. But our brain usually
isn’t the problem. Our heart is. Getting your emotional thought-life
under control is a struggle. Here are some tips to help you fight that
1. Relax. You can’t learn under stress. This is not a race, it’s an
exploration. Yes, we need to work hard and yes we must be sure to
complete things in a timely manner, but don’t force it. Plan your
time, stick to the plan and work at your own pace.
2. Be skeptical. Don’t accept everything you read simply because
you read it. A healthy skepticism is the basis of all great thinking.
Think it through. Ask questions. Seek to be convinced.
3. Plan to invest. Everyone agrees that we reap what we sow, but
few of us live that way. Apologetics is like a piggy bank, you will get
as much out of it as you put into it. The only way to justify the time
you’re going to spend on this is if you have an attitude that says,
“Every hour spent on this subject is worth it.” If you’re not
convinced of that, you will take short cuts, write cheap cards, and
get very little from this study. Instead, focus on working diligently
and seeking genuine understanding. That’s an investment that will
4. Forget about Nationals. This is a competition. It’s really easy
to worry about what wins and what doesn’t. My advice: forget it. If
you will focus and invest, you will gain an understanding that will go
with you the rest of your life. And just to give you a sense of
perspective, can you tell me who won nationals three years ago?
Didn’t think so. You know why? Because nobody cares.