HUMBLING THOUGHTS Why am I on this self-evaluation mode this morning? I don’t know but it is humbling. So if I write it maybe someone will tell me how great I am while I am in this enlightened stage in which I know I know very little.

It started somehow by the scripture about remembering God’s deeds (Ps 77:11-12) which has absolutely no connection to where I’ve ended up! 

Somehow I thought I would put myself on about an upper 80’s scale in intelligence, but intelligence is one thing; knowledge is something else entirely.  Woe is me if I were grading myself on knowledge. I considered maybe a 2 out of 100.  Then I knew that was way too high if it came to all knowledge in all venues of science and arts!

So I tried to limit it to knowledge of all things relating too our culture in the good ole USA. Medical, mechanical, chemical, biology, technology, agriculture?  ..… Still way too high.  I don’t know much of that!

So I’m limiting it again. Can I claim 20% in the education, childhood area? Getting closer. Whee! Even there I’m losing out.

My conclusion.  I’ve found one way to get back to 80% where I started.  I just limit my boundaries smaller and smaller to demand less of myself.  So I claim 80%  proficiency in teaching reading to first graders who come from Okie land. See Jane. See Jane run. See Spot. See Spot run.

I’m sure glad God willed for me to be a reading teacher. ‘Fraid I don’t know anything else!


This is a bit I wrote a few years ago.  Edited and decided to use it for a blog.  Just me having fun with myself as the victim.  But it is mighty near the truth.  I can almost hear God laughing at me.  Sort of like he did Job (Job 38) when he said “Okay, Bigshot, answer me this.”  All right, that’s not really what he said, but he sure did make Job think he (Job) didn’t know much.  😀


P.S.  I think there are some Bigheads in the sports and entertainment world who need to evaluate their areas of expertise.

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ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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20 Responses to LEST I GET A BIG HEAD

  1. I love this! Made me laugh out loud. : )

  2. You are great! Thanks for the morning insight.

    Love this: “I think there are some Bigheads in the sports and entertainment world who need to evaluate their areas of expertise.”

    Blessings, grace and peace.

  3. Roos Ruse says:

    I agree about those sports figureheads, Oneta. Let’s not get started on the examples some of them set for our young people.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I wish they had no more effect on our culture than just being a postscript. Generally, however, they are the HEADLINES.

      • Roos Ruse says:

        Agree. Modern societies values seem a bit tweaked. It feels very near to end-times to me.

        • oneta hayes says:

          The Bible indicates that God does not like “to be mocked.” Our country and other Western countries gets better and better at mocking him. I see nothing short of tragedy to change us. We have a chance now at changing the judicial system, so He is still merciful. Of course, he is also just.

  4. atimetoshare.me says:

    We all fall short, but God takes us really get back to 100%

  5. atimetoshare.me says:

    Right back to 100%

    • oneta hayes says:

      Think he ever gets that much out of us even with his help. Maybe if his expectations are not too great. Some of Jesus’ disciples even disappointed him at times. In the end, however, they mostly gave all they had, didn’t they? At least as far as history tells us.

  6. Faye says:

    Thank you Oneta. I laughed but, I admit, with complete understanding. Writing, remembering are all the results of His Ability but this can cause us to both ‘stumble’ and ‘be incredibly Blessed’ . Not big heads but absolute gratitude of heart that we journey on and He still Inspires! Blessings!,

  7. calensariel says:

    “P.S. I think there are some Bigheads in the sports and entertainment world who need to evaluate their areas of expertise.” LOL That’s an understatement!

  8. calmkate says:

    Totally agree with your PS … anyone can throw a pity party 😉

  9. pranabaxom says:

    I know not what I do not know and that is plenty. So I have learnt to keep my mouth shut. At this age I do not want to end up with a broken hip trying to put my foot in my mouth.

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