I have a teenage daughter who thinks she is always right. Unfortunately for me, she is right 90% of the time. The natural conclusion to this fact is that she knows more than her parents. While I keep reminding myself that this will serve her well in adulthood, it is a challenge as my husband and I try to convince her that in some cases, our experience and larger understanding of the world means that we actually do have better judgment than she does.
I think we all have a little bit of this quality, especially when our lives are going well, we are successful, and living where the availability of basic necessities are taken for granted. It is hard to remember that our very breath is dependent on God. We think that we have done it all, and the credit is to our hard work or abilities. While there is credit due for working hard and taking advantage of your gifts, it is important to remember that they are gifts in the first place. Willingly and lovingly given with hopes that we will use them for their best purposes. If we can remember that, then it’s easier to allow God to help us use them.