Monday, January 3, 2011


A medical school president once told a class of freshman medical students, “Half of what we teach you here will be proven to be wrong; we just don’t know which half!” He was referring to how fast medical advancements are made, leaving old thoughts and practices behind. Sometimes I think that we are that way too. We have a lot of answers to life’s questions, only to have them proven wrong by living and experiencing life. Similarly, we seem to have all kinds of answers for other people’s lives, but when it comes to our own, we kind of spin our wheels.
It’s probably best that we don’t get too comfortable with our own wisdom. A healthy dose of humility can keep our eyes open enough to what we are to see in life, and keep our hearts soft enough to what we are to learn. There are so many uncertainties in life and so much that is truly unknown. If we have answers to all of life’s unknowns, we probably have more figured out in life than is possible. Life is designed to be lived by faith and knowledge, not by knowledge alone. It’s scary to think that perhaps half of what we “know” will one day be proven wrong, either on this side of eternity or the other. For me, I’ll be interested to see how the religions and denominations all sort out. They can’t all be right/wrong. Can they?!

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