I love to read and learn. I also have a lot of questions, and am not afraid to ask them when given opportunity. Learning is inspiring and exciting. Connecting the dots and coming to understand something never known before continues to amaze.
I have noticed as of late, people are of the opinion they know everything. No matter the topic, they already know all about it. A news story breaks and they already knew.
I am not sure how or when people became this way. Perhaps it was with the advancement of technology which brings so much information right to our fingertips and before our eyes. Anything we want to know, we can “google” and the answers are before us. As much as that can be a good thing, I wonder if it is more of a hindrance to us than we even realize.
I think we have slowly lost our ability to say one simple phrase, “I. Don’t. Know.”
We tend to equate the words, “I don’t know,” with ignorance, which is a lie. Those words are actually a sign of wisdom. Perhaps even of humility. May we not be tempted to play God as that is the very thing that brought about the fall of Lucifer. May we not be tempted to rest on our intelligence and give answers only God can give.
Proverbs 10:19 puts it this way:
“When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” (NASB)
Maybe we need to have this put another way:
- “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” (NLT)
- “The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.” (MSG)
- “The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet.” (GNT)
I don’t know about you, but it is a relief to recognize and accept that I don’t need to know everything. It’s a weight lifted off from me to admit I do not have the answer.
My three favorite words – “I. Don’t. Know.”
So let’s be a wise people and say them.
Then we can learn together.
Last week brought two posts to be shared this week … We never forget those people whose words sustained us when most needed. In her post, “Am I holding Out Words of Hope and Life”, Amy Jung reminds us to pray for our words to be life-giving, hope-filled, and point others to Jesus.
Consistency. Discipline. One day at a time. Showing up. “Only a firm resolve gripped anew every morning will bring about the positive change you long for.” Be sure to read “Andy and Red” by T.J. Saunders.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.