Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much.
(1 Corinthians 8:2)
Relate: A few years back I took an IQ test. Apparently I did well and was really proud of my score. When going through the results I found out that I have the same IQ and way of processing my thoughts as Bill Gates. Of course this puffed me up quite a bit and I had to start telling everybody I knew. I was working hard at this task when a wise friend quite rudely burst my bubble. He said, “Well, that just goes to show how stupid you are.” I was flabbergasted. I wanted to reply but I was so backed onto my heels that nothing was coming. He went on, “So you’re saying you have the same raw intelligence as Bill Gates. Great. Look at what he did with his and then look at you. Are you really proud of that?” Touche’.
Hate might be too strong of a word so I’ll try not to use it. I am really, really not a fan of people who think they are smarter than me. The audacity… don’t they realize how wrong they are? I am really, really not a fan of those purveyors of random facts. I don’t appreciate it when they spout off numbers, dates or percentages I was just about to spout off myself. What gives them the right? I am really, really not a fan of people who have an answer for everything. I hate it when they try to take my job from me like that.
React: More and more I am coming to believe that humility and teach-ability are the true earmarks, if not of intelligence, at least of wisdom. Then again, what do I know? I very well could be wrong.
God, keep me humble. Help me to realize how much of what I think I know, I don’t really know. Keep me teachable. Take away that irresistible urge to always have an answer or the last word. You are the answer. Help me to keep from always trotting out my own and keeping people from being able to see and learn of You.