I used to think it was impossible to be too smart. Now I don’t think this for a few reasons:
- I’ve met people who think they’re “the smartest person in the room” and more often than not, such people are neither personable nor pleasant, despite being so smart
- people often get smart in a particular field / topic at the expense of being “smart” in other areas, thereby creating imbalance, which is not so bueno: think Steve Jobs
- being smart isn’t always the same as being wise
When we think about being smart, let’s keep the mindset that empowers us to always be learning and growing. Let’s posture our intelligence in humility and service more than superiority and supremacy. And let’s continuously acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Wisdom, a dramatic upgrade to just being smart 🙂
I don’t like to be wrong & this is often based out of pride. I don’t like to be wrong because it makes me look bad. I don’t like to be wrong because it makes me feel inferior. I don’t like to be wrong because it hurts my ego. Nevertheless, because I’m human, I’m not always right. So here are some ways to constructively handle being wrong:
- learn and grow from being wrong – it seems to me that I often learn more from being wrong than being right
- get busy fixing whatever has been damaged from being wrong – this can include apologizing, taking responsibility (rather than shifting blame), forgiving and making amends
- take on a humble mindset on a daily basis & this can help take out the sting from being wrong
My sense is that being wrong isn’t an if issue, but rather a when issue. With this thinking, it’s helpful to have some constructive strategies in place 🙂
I’ve been thinking lately about Adam & Eve with the whole Garden fiasco. That was really a bad day for humanity & despite our Father’s magnificent redemption of humanity, there have been several occasions when I wish Eve would have made some different choices.
I think that one of her big mistakes was to have a conversation w the serpent / devil. And yet I think that sometimes we make her same mistake without realizing it. Here are some ways that we talk with or entertain the devil, his lies & deceptions:
*insecurity – we listen far too often to his accusations & utter nonsense about who we are rather than basing our identity on what God says about us
*ego / pride – “all of that & a bag of chips!”. Really??? It is only through Christ that we are truly invaluable, priceless & supremely desirable
*worry / fear – I don’t think that the devil sets the “worry or fear trap” about things on which we are strong. However, wherever there is a weakspot, that’s where he will plant worry, uncertainty, concern & even fretful thoughts or anxieties, be that about the future, health, relationships, etc
Can you think of other “conversation traps” that the devil lays for you???