Are You the “Smart One”?

Female college student tired from studying

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

“Did you hear about the governor in Kansas who said… well… ugh! It all made so much sense when I was listening to the radio.” In an attempt to keep up with the current affairs and have something interesting to talk to Brad (the husband) about, I used to listen to a daily news program.

Brad, who “speaks Janna”, responds in grace as he answers, “You mean the senator in New York?”

It happens often.  “Did you know that George Washington… or was it John Adams?”

I love learning, but the memory thing, the applying the information into daily conversation, it just doesn’t happen for me. One who met me would probably not describe me as “smart”. Perhaps “a bit misplaced” or “mildly amusing”, but not “smart”.

However, when looking back over the past years I can admit one thing for sure – I have indeed learned. I’ve learned to support rather than bully my husband. (And, hey, it only took thirteen years!) The young mother struggling to find an identity other than “Type A” is now a slightly older mother with a sense of humor about life with children. The friend who spoke up against every subject in an effort to impress or influence now listens more.

As Paul once wrote, Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on…

When we women talk of learning more and teaching better, isn’t the most important thing that we become teachable? Is our goal to impress others with facts and humble them with our vast knowledge, or is it to change their day based on the amount of love you exude on them? Can we encourage the downtrodden, invite the outcast, pray with the needy?

Can you look back and see that you are not the woman you used to be? Then rejoice! Thank God! You have learned!

…Sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27

Can I get an AMEN?

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