The current political “discussion” inspires today’s word-of-the-week…
The wisest people I know, the ones I trust the most, seem to be full of doubt. Where others see black-and-white, they see all sorts of nuance and shades of gray. They’re more likely to ask tough questions than to provide easy answers.
The people I describe aren’t stupid or wishy-washy. They know what they know. They aren’t afraid to speak the truth.
They also aren’t afraid of, “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure how that works.”
Our culture tries to tell us we’re supposed to know.
What’s God’s plan for your life? You’re supposed to know.
Where do I find forgiveness? What does grace mean to me?
What did Jesus mean in that story? How does it apply to your life?
What’s the best way to read the bible?
You’re supposed to know. And some folks do know, and they’ll tell you the right answer, for them and for you.
I’ve noticed the wise people don’t know the answers to those kinds of questions. They’ll share their experience and help you discover your own meaning.
It’s easy to be intimidated or impressed by those with all the answers.
Me? I want to be a bit more like the wise folks I described. It makes life a whole lot less stressful.
How about making it okay to say, “I’m not sure”?