I’ll admit there’s a whole lot I don’t know. I confess that in the last 18 or so months, my brain has hurt from trying to figure out all the information coming at me from all sides. This whole pandemic has royally messed me up, but it has taught me plenty.

One thing I’ve learned is that it takes a lot of maturity to say things like “I really don’t know the answer to that” or “maybe there’s still more that I need to learn.” It takes a certain amount of humility to realize that I don’t have all the answers — or anywhere close to all the answers — and that maybe that person over there has something to teach me. Yes, even that person that gets on my nerves.

Humility is posture of a teachable spirit grounded in the true knowledge of who I am in the grand scheme of things and in God’s eyes. I admit that at some point, all the talk about viruses and vaccines and science all started to run together in my mind and it all became a blur. I don’t know what or who to trust when it comes to the pandemic. I feel like you can believe that the pandemic is real, that vaccines (and masks to a degree) work, and also that COVID is being used for political purposes and public control. But I confess that I could be wrong.

Maybe if we all just stopped always trying to win arguments and started trying to reach understanding. Maybe if we stopped trying to talk over each other and started actually listening. Maybe if we finally grasped that arguing with people over social media isn’t going to change anybody’s mind about anything, we’d be better off. Maybe if you and I stopped trying to control everyone else’s behavior and concentrated on working on our own sins and mistakes, we could actually grow and become better people.

The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To fear the Lord is to see God and yourself properly, and to see where you fit in to the universe. It’s to think way less about yourself and way more about others and especially way more about God.

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