“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” — Einstein
“I have no use for people who have learned the limits of the possible.” — Leonard of Quirm, The Last Hero
I am so green. And the more I learn, the more experience I have, the more I read, the more I engage and change and transform, the more I realize how truly green I am.
That’s the paradox of maturing in God: I become wiser by understanding how foolish I am.
This used to upset me. The futility! What’s the point of studying the Word and undergoing all this soul-surgery? Why bother working on anything—particularly myself—if I never arrive or mature?
But there’s freedom in perpetual greenness.
To be green is to be naïve, guileless, innocent. It’s also flourishing, lushness, and potential. It’s a state of being new, flexible, unlimited, and, perhaps most importantly, teachable.
It means I don’t have to know it all. That there is no done, no finish line, no bottom, no limit to how much I can grow. That I can enjoy the process and the challenge and be excited to find something new around each bend. That I hold tight to my Father’s hand as we walk and trust that wherever we’re going, He knows where, how, when, and why, even if I don’t. That no matter how much I do know, I can always say, “I don’t know—let’s find out,” without fear.
And that is where true wisdom is found.
“[…] walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” [Col 1:10 ESV]
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