The only thing worse than the Know-It-All is the Faux-It-All … who pretends to know what is going on and is too fearful or prideful to ask for help.*
The Faux-It-All. What a descriptive phrase. The fake-it-till-you-make-it person who thinks they can get by with shooting from the hip, hoping that no one will catch on and not caring when they do.
I’ve Been That Person
In my early college days a professor was talking about something that recently happened in Borneo and then realized he wasn’t sure where it was. He asked if anyone in the class knew. I said, “It’s on the tip of an island in the Indian Ocean.”
The professor went to the map on the wall and looked at the Indian Ocean. “Wait a minute. Borneo’s not on the tip of an island, it’s the whole island.”
“Sorry about that,” I said
“But you sounded so confident.”
“Yeah, it was worth a shot.”
I must have learned my lesson because a couple years later I was in a lecture hall and the professor was talking about water resources.
“Does anyone know how much an acre-foot of water is?” he asked
“Enough water to cover an acre of land a foot deep,” I said from the middle of the crowd.
“But do you know how much water that is in gallons?”
“Right,” he said, and then moved on. He never did tell us the number of gallons in an acre-foot. Perhaps he didn’t know.**
Don’t Be That Person
Solomon spoke about the problem with being a Faux-It-All:
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. (Proverbs 15:2.)
A dream comes when there are many cares,
and many words mark the speech of a fool. (Ecclesiastes 5:3.)
The mark of a fool? I’d rather not, thanks.
Happily for those of us who belong to God, we have a wisdom that is superior to anything people can hope to come up with on their own:
Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:22-24.)
Christ is both the power and the wisdom of God. That’s why the gospel message – the good news of Jesus Christ – is always a wise message.
There’s never a reason to feel foolish when talking about Jesus.
Questions to ponder: When are you most tempted to fake it? Why?
*My thanks to a colleague on the bench who introduced me to the phrase faux-it-all and its definition.
**You probably already know this, but an acre foot of water is ~325,853.383688 U.S. gallons.