"My child, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart." (Proverbs 3:1)
Life-long learning is an important life skill, and enjoyable! As a Physiotherapist, I am expected to continually learn and apply the best scientific evidence available. No matter your career, there is an expectation you will continue to learn, and improve in, your chosen field. And all of this starts with a teachable attitude. No one knows everything, and we can always learn from each other.
There are many ways to be a life-long learner:
being an avid reader
joining specific clubs
being a great listener.
Having a teachable spirit means listening to others’ comments or suggestions. Listening does not mean you agree with them, but you respect them enough to listen to them. Then, you can discern if their input is helpful and that it aligns with God’s principles.
As Christians, we have chosen to learn God’s principles and use them in our day-to-day lives. We grow by seeking God’s Word so we can wisely apply its knowledge, instruction, and insight to everyday situations (just like we take professional courses to put to use in our work situations). Spiritual growth in our Christian life also starts with having a teachable spirit. Someone with a teachable spirit has the desire, determination, and discipline to learn. A person with a teachable spirit will seek God, listen to Him and act, interact and react according to His Word and principles.
Consider always taking Proverbs 12:1 daily to work, especially when receiving feedback on what might need improvement:
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.”
How do you usually respond when someone is providing constructive criticism? Do you become defensive and/or feel you know more than they do? The approach of someone with a teachable spirit is to first listen and then decide what to do after you have received the information. The next time you find yourself in that situation, do not feel you need to defend yourself. Respectfully listen and respectfully respond.
This week, take some time to answer the question: “Are you a life-long learner”? Consider the areas of work and your faith. Are you continuing to grow in your job? In your faith? What areas come to your mind and heart that could use some growth? Ask God to give you a teachable spirit so you can continue growing and demonstrate your faith at work.
Taking this to God in Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father: Thank You for Your Word that says: “Wisdom is better than jewels and all that you may desire cannot compare with her”. Thank You for Your Word, full of wisdom, knowledge, and instruction. Thank You for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thank You also for the people You place in my life to advise, instruct, and teach me. Help me to have a teachable spirit. Even though I may find the feedback from others difficult or disappointing help me to recognize if there is any truth from You in it. Help me to be discerning and wise as I consider input from others. Please help me start each day with a teachable spirit ready to learn more about You, Your love, and Your will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.