“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am humble and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest for your souls,” Matthew 11:29.
The hardest thing for a know-it-all to say is “I don’t know,” and the hardest quality for them to embrace is “humility.”
Someone who has a hard time embracing these is seen by most as someone to avoid. The only people who enjoy being around them are other know-it-alls. Together, they love to bask in their pride by displaying their excellent greatness in intellectual competition and the mocking of lesser “peons”.
The competition can be fierce and to be knocked out of the game is to say the most shocking thing they can fathom! The three words, “I don’t know.”
It is easy to see who wins the competition because the winner will always have the biggest head. The only positive attribute to losing the competition is that the head shrinks enough to be able to exit the door to run away from the shame of not knowing something.
While the insecure run away to the closest internet statistics sites to convince themselves again that they are a know-it-all, the victor enjoys the feeling of being omniscient. But this feeling is only short lived because the competition will return to fight another day.
As these competitions develop, the importance of relationships is forgotten. It is as if people who participate in these competitions see relationships as only having intellectual significance.
But what a know-it-all really needs is a humility enhancer.
I am very cautious in how I am writing these observations, so that I myself don’t come across as some pompous spiritual giant. I have so much to yet learn and grasp in this short life!
Let me make something clear. We are all guilty of pride on more than one occasion. But if there is a constant swelling up of pride in your eyes that is pouring out from your heart, you need help, Proverbs 21:4.
It is not until you come before God broken and contrite will you receive the help you need, James 4:10. And once you are clothed with humility and meekness, it will be a joy for people to be around you.
|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|
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