Knowledgeable But Not A Know-It-All

Yesterday I had to go and choose products to go in our new bathrooms. There was toilets, baths, vanities, basins, tapware, showerheads and tiles to choose.

This type of shopping can excite some people. It terrifies me!

I don’t really know what I’m doing and how my choices will impact my bathroom long-term.

I was fortunate enough to have a friend offer to come with me. She not only works in flooring but has an interior design background as well.

We hit the shops and I stood back in awe. It was like she was speaking a whole other language to the shop assistants. They spoke of hobs and lappato and mixers.

The decision was still mine in the end but my friend helped me navigate the way to make the best choice for our home.

Today I popped back to one of the shops on my own. I just wanted to check a couple of other products.

The same shop assistant was in the shop and recognised me. After I had asked him a few more questions he asked me where my friend was. He said that she had been so knowledgeable but hadn’t told him how to do his job.

I agreed. My friend had so much knowledge and wisdom around this topic but she never made me feel stupid or the shop assistants feel like they weren’t doing their job thoroughly. What a gift!

As I left that shop I felt like I wanted to be more like my friend: To build my knowledge, not so I feel superior but so I can help others.

God is all-knowing but He doesn’t make us feel stupid. In fact, He often allows us to make the decisions for ourselves, even though He knows so much better than us.

Let us be more like God and more like my friend, who uses their knowledge to build others up rather than look down upon them.

Lord, show me opportunities for growth. May I strive to continue to better myself so that I can be Your hands to those in need. Amen.

What area can you grow in knowledge?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.