Friday, October 16, 2015

1 Corinthians 3:18-19 -- On Humility and Continuing to Learn

"Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness."
1 Corinthians 3:18-19

This is an interesting idea, that if we seem to be wise that we need to become fools... to learn wisdom. :)  Seems like circular reasoning at first, but if we think about the comparison between ourselves and God, I think it makes sense.  We get ahead of ourselves sometimes, thinking that we are maybe a little cooler than we are.  And I'm not saying that we don't have worth or that we should hate ourselves at all... but sometimes we start thinking that we're smarter or better than other people, or that we have all the answers, and whether we're dealing with humans or with God, that kind of attitude can get us into trouble.  When we think that we have it all figured out, we stop searching and seeking, and we start stumbling a lot more along the path.  We stop listening to others and including them in our decision making processes, and we make mistakes.  If we work at staying in that mode where we realize that we still have plenty to learn, then it is easier to be humble enough to listen to and learn from others and to keep improving ourselves.
Today, let's not stop and think that we've arrived at wise or perfect.  Let's realize that we need to keep striving and learning, especially from God.  It's hard to be humble sometimes, but it's the humble ones that can *keep* learning and *keep* improving.  If we've mastered kindergarten, *awesome.*  But let's not stop there. :)  It's hard.  If we were the best in French 101, it's tough to switch up to a higher class where maybe we don't know as much.  It can be uncomfortable to not be the best anymore, but we have to go through that kind of discomfort sometimes in order to keep learning and progressing.
Let's never stop, however far we've come... let's keep remembering that we aren't as advanced as God is, so there is plenty of room to grow. :)

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