A huge assumption in western culture is that our experiences can be our guide throughout life. That idea is called pragmatism, in which people say, “If it works, it’s good; if it doesn’t, it’s bad.” My father was a pragmatist, which led him to be very permissive with his three boys. He’d say to Mom about us, “They’ll figure it out!”
Why is pragmatism wrong? The main problem is that it leaves God out of the picture of our lives. Instead, it is strong self-centeredness that depends on our own senses and reasoning powers rather than on God to gain meaning for our lives.
At seventy-seven years old, my dad became a Christian. Previously, he didn’t attend church; but then, he was ready to go to church an hour early. Eagerness for the preaching of the Bible had replaced his pragmatism.
How can we replace our dependence on our own experience with a God-centered life? All we need to do is recognize that God guides our lives all the time. Thus, the lessons we learn from life’s experiences actually come from God. As a result, we need to thank our Father that he has taught us those lessons.
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