Wisdomly Challenged

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Once upon a time, I was the Equipment Manager for a small (non-travelling) circus. It was my job, technically, to “oversee” the set up and tear down of various circus apparati. Frequently, I would stand back and watch as someone did something completely wrong, and then, once they got to that “I have no idea how this works” point, I would come over to show them the right way.

Now, I did this for purely selfish reasons. I really don’t like to talk to people, so if I simply waited until they realized on their own that their way did not work, it spared me the trouble of having to explain why we do not do things that way, and made them far more receptive to the proper way of doing things, so the whole conversation was much shorter. Also, I would occasionally be surprised that their way actually did work, and I would do it that way myself from then on.

Interestingly enough, God is the same way. Not that God is lazy, antisocial, or has anything to learn from us, but for whatever reason, He will let us do something completely wrong for as long as it takes for us to figure it out on our own. Then when you are flush out of ideas, you may be surprised to find that God was standing there patiently watching the whole time.

I bring this up because I recently came to the realization that the only important thing that I have really learned in the past two years is that I have learned nothing at all.

Today though, I’m feeling optimistic. Maybe it’s because I have “F5/6” written on the back of my hand, and I’m confident that, at the end of the day, I will actually be able to find my !@#$%^& car.

I still prefer the term “Fool.”

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