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TUESDAY, November 25

1 Corinthians 3:18-19 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

We’ve all met them. People who think they know it all. People who assume they have the best ideas, the most important words, and an opinion that might as well be a fact. Perhaps we’ve even been those people from time to time. I wonder if that is the “wisdom of this world” of which Paul is writing in his letter to the Corinthians. He reminds us that if we think we’re wise, we deceive ourselves.

What does it mean to become fools? What does foolishness in God’s eyes look like? I suspect it means that we are teachable, humble, and open to new ideas. It means we admit that we don’t know all the answers. To become fools so we become wise means that we open ourselves to that which God wants to do in and through us. The wisdom we seek, the wisdom the world actually needs, is the wisdom of humility, patience, and an open heart and mind.

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