One of the topics that I’ve been interested in has been the challenge of teaching humility. This is a trait I feel unqualified to teach, although I smile since I’m probably just as unqualified to teach humility as any fruit of the spirit. How does a fellow sinner teach humility? I’m still learning.
One of the responses that my son frequently makes is “I know” when he has been given instruction. It’s not an expression that reliably indicates that he really did know, since many times he is in the middle of doing what he ostensibly knew wasn’t the right thing to do.
We’re still working on our wisdom chart, and yesterday we wrote down Proverbs 12:15
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.
This has been a help. Several times I’ve referenced this Proverb.
- Does saying “I know” mean you are a happy learner, or a foolish person who thinks he knows everything?
- Who will ask for help when he needs it, a fool or a wise person?
- Who will say I don’t know if he doesn’t know? What will a fool say or do?
- Who will pray and ask God for help to do right?
Later I realized that we were talking about humility. Next time I’ll make the connection.