Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Yaconelli: the embarrassing admission

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Commemoration of Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
    Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
    —Proverbs 12:1 (NIV)
    By the time most of our children reach junior high school, their natural curiosity has been neutralized by an insidious set of unwritten assumptions:
    Assumption 1: Questions can be embarrassing. It’s embarrassing to admit you don’t know something. What is important is never to reveal your ignorance. Don’t admit you don’t know something because others may think less of you. In today’s world, truth doesn’t matter. Image does. Silence your doubts, ignore your questions, don’t do anything that might cause someone to think ill of you. As Flannery O’Connor reminded us, “mystery is the great embarrassment to the modern mind.” [Continued tomorrow]
    ... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder: the Adventure of Childlike Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 38 (see the book)
    See also Pr. 12:1; 1:7; Rom. 11:33-34; 1 Cor. 8:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I love to inquire into Your creation.
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