by Joe Moore
People claim to know so much, but to truly know something means to "be completely aware based on observation, inquiry, gathering of information... to be absolutely certain or sure about something" (dictionary definition).
I have learned over the last couple of years that nothing is so consistent that you can truly know it. For example, something that may be true in my experience may not be true in somebody else's experience.
To be TRUE means to be CONSTANT in all situations.
I used to think that I knew so much. I knew what I was going to do with my life. I knew exactly what I believe about God and how he works. I used to know the best way to go about doing things. I used to know how other people should have done things differently.
I felt bound by the things I thought I knew. I was the one that was right and everyone else had taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way. I used to think that people should align their lives to look like mine.
I was better than everyone else, or at least I thought I was.
Then, over the period of a couple years, my arrogance and pride began to fade. Call it "God", call it "getting older", call it whatever you want, but my selfishness and my judgemental perspective left me. This took a while for me to realize. Life took a different path than I thought it would and things began to shift in my heart and in my thinking. At first I wasn't sure if it was just me or if God was doing something that I wasn't aware of. Even now, sometimes I'm still not sure. But I do know one thing.
I DON'T HAVE TO KNOW.
You want to defend your faith when someone asks you a tough question about heaven and hell?
You want to answer the question "Why did he die when we prayed for him to be healed"?
Sometimes, the best answer is a simple one:
"I don't know."
Don't make something up to save face. Don't defend your beliefs at the cost of sacrificing your "human-ness". So what if you're wrong about some things. Everybody is. It's time to stop presenting yourself as if you have all the answers. It's time to stop acting tough and acting like you have it all together.
Be weak sometimes.
Be real. No bullshit. People don't need fakes. The world is full of fakes and it's time that we start showing people our real selves.