Are You As Smart As You Think You Are?
Have you ever seen the television show “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” I have seen it once or twice, and I think there are some pretty smart fifth graders in the world.
As I was thinking about this show one day, I realized that I play that game on a regular basis with God. I think I am smarter than He is because I think I know what is best for me by my actions and attitudes. I think I can get away with being short and angry with my wife. I think I can talk in a derogatory way with a fellow worker or student. I think I can spend freely knowing my income is limited. I think it is okay for me to have a pity party because my boss does not listen to me. I think I know what is better for my life than God does by the many decisions I make on a regular basis that put me before Him. It is basically self-centeredness that causes me to think I am smarter than God.
If we stopped and thought about it, no one would say they are smarter than God. But our actions speak a different language by the way we put our agenda ahead of what God wants for us. Each of us needs to stop and ask, based on God’s Word, if we are acting for our own interest or if we are acting for God’s best interest by the way we think and how we treat others.
Teaching our children to put others before themselves is a lesson we will be teaching them as long as we live, because it is a lesson we will be learning as long as we live. Philippians 2: 3 says, “We are to do nothing out of selfish ambition, or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than ourselves.” What are we teaching our children by the way we act toward others? This is a very good question to ask ourselves as well. It will tell you who you put first in your life, God or others.