Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. — James 3:13

The pastor search committee had nearly finished interviewing my husband. I had been listening intently should I be asked a question. I’d never felt more qualified to respond; after all, I had nearly completed my senior degree. My moment finally came.

“Mrs. Carr,” the chairman began, “we have just one question for you. It’s an important one, though.” He paused and continued, “Do you play the piano?”

Talk about taking the wind out of my sails! So much for the theology, philosophy, and educational theory I had studied. Even though I play the piano, I was disappointed at missing the chance to share what I considered my wisdom.

Later, I realized I had confused wisdom with book learning. They’re not the same. As James pointed out, a wise person is one who is teachable — not one who has all the answers. How wise are you?

LORD, HELP ME BE TEACHABLE. REMIND ME THAT BEING WISE ISN’T HAVING ALL THE ANSWERS, ESPECIALLY WHEN I THINK I DO.

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