“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know. ”

Dear Recovering Know It All,

I know you cringe when you think of what you said. What you thought. Who you were. Because it’s ugly facing up to your own self-righteousness. You want to crawl under the blankets and never come out. Especially when you’re reminded that who you were and who you are aren’t nearly as far apart as you’d like.

But there is grace my friend. Even for the Pharisee. Even for us older brothers.

And the answer isn’t to throw away your personality. To quiet yourself beyond recognition.

Go ahead, repent. Make amends. Allow grace to slowly change your heart.

But don’t hide who God made you. Separate your sin from your personality.

Learn to see before speaking. Practice compassion. Seek grace. Try again.

For your identity isn’t found in who you once were. Or in who you now are. You’re identity is found in the One who truly does know it all. The One who knows all of you. The One who knows all of you and still loves you.

Do you ever cringe over past know-it-all moments?