Writer and orthopedic surgeon Jeremy Staton says: “If we refuse to question what we believe, if we are unwilling to accept the idea that we could be mistaken, if we absolutely refuse to believe that the truth we hold onto is possibly not truth, then we will never discover what is true. If you are not wrong, why would you ever consider a different possibility?”
Are you a person who always fights over what you believe to be true? Do you refuse to listen? Well, it seems to me that those truly interested in truth generally do the opposite.
No one has a perfect grasp on truth. No one completely gets it. That’s why I like it when the writer of Proverbs says, “Friends, if it costs everything you have, get wisdom and understanding.”
Most of us are wrong about lot of things. Our assumptions are wrong about lots of things.
Writer Staton contends, “The only way to break free of our incorrect assumptions is to start by questioning them. And once we are willing to free ourselves of our thinking, then we can potentially discover what is true.”
I wholeheartedly agree.
And here are Staton’s practical suggestions if you are in fact willing to question your assumptions:
1. Stop and listen. It seems that truth comes more often in a posture of silence than it does in noise. Especially when you are the one making the noise.
2. Try new things. New food. New cultures. New church. New books. New whatever.
3. Question everything. Why do you believe one thing to be true and not another? Why do you choose to live your life the way you do? Because it is better? Or because that is the way you always have?