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Now, the problem with trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. – C.S. Lewis (The Magician’s Nephew)

I honestly think that many times people blind themselves to the truth, even it is staring them right in the face.  This may be because whatever they’re facing doesn’t fit into their perceptions of how things should be.  Or perhaps they recognize the truth of it, but don’t want to accept it because it would mean that they either have to change how they’re living or because it means that they’d have to admit that they were wrong in a decision that they made in the past.  The problem comes when they refuse to accept the truth because of these reasons.  Rather than admit they were wrong, they stubbornly refuse to let go of their mistakes, and end up messing up even further.

It takes humility to admit we were wrong.  If we can’t find that humility, though, we end up hurting ourselves even more in the end.  When speaking to a friend of this very subject, we came to the conclusion that many times we may not recognize answers to our prayers because we aren’t ready to admit that we’re wrong.  Whether we’re wrong in our beliefs or wrong in our priorities, if our Father in Heaven is trying to direct us, but we can’t bring ourselves to accept that we’re not of the right path, we won’t notice the answers that He’s sending our way.  Call it selective hearing, if you want.

Whatever it is, in essence we’re trying to make ourselves “stupider than we really are.” We know that He knows best, but we dumb ourselves down to the point that we convince ourselves that we already know what’s best for us.  Let’s not be stupider than we really are.

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