Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A shot at humility

On Monday, Nate and I took part in one of the local police department's youth classes.

The students were given airsoft guns, and we acted like bad guys inside an abandoned building in order for them to learn how to apprehend us. I really didn't know what I was doing, but hid and tried to shoot them before they shot me.

It was a lot of fun, although it was obvious that the kids didn't know what they were doing.

Talking to the officers that waited outside with the kids in between scenarios, they said that the kids were cocky and arrogant about their abilities. Instead of learning the tactics to take down targets and save hostages, they saw everything like a game. It was fun, but they weren't exactly learning what the police department wanted them to learn.

God puts us in a lot of scenarios where we don't really know what we're doing, but we're supposed to be humble and take those moments to learn lessons about what to do in the future. We can be loud and cocky about the abilities that we really don't have or we can be quiet and learn what God wants us to learn.

Teenagers often think that they don't have anything to learn and that adults are just harping on stuff that they already know. I remember thinking like that when I was younger, and I guess I still do every now and then.

However, everyone has difficult abilities and experiences. If someone is taking the time to teach you what they know, you should be appreciative and try to learn something new even if you don't think it's important at that moment.

Simply put, we should all be humble. None of us knows everything.

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