JOYFULLY EMBRACING INADEQUACY
Instead of giving her my half-cocked answers to these questions, I did something I have rarely ever done. Were I to be honest, I would have to admit that I cannot recount a single occasion where I had actually done anything like this. What did I do? I admitted my lack of knowledge and authority in regards to matters such as these. I also informed her that while I was more than desiring to give her my personal opinion in regards to these questions, I felt that it would be dangerous for me to do so. To paraphrase, I said,
“I fear that I would place you in potential danger were I to act like I have sufficient knowledge or authority to speak on matters such as this. While my intentions may be in the right place, I fear that I may tell you to do something that you should refrain from doing or to refrain from something that you ought to do. This being said, as much as I would love to help, I have to admit my weakness. I will do my best, though, to help find someone who would be able to give you advice worthy of full acceptance.”
While this young lady may not have understood the significance of my answer, I sure did.