How do I remain teachable?
We are all works in progress, but sometimes we’re more willing to learn than at other times. Proverbs 12:1 (ESV) says, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” Having a teachable spirit takes some cultivation, and here are some aspects of that spirit we can all be developing:
A disciple is someone who is willing to be taught and is willing to learn more. A teachable heart starts with the acknowledgement that we do not know everything. If we can keep an open mind, we can learn a lot from the people that God has placed in our lives. Proverbs 13:18 tells us, “Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honoured.” Commit to being a lifelong learner.
Don’t keep your learning a secret. Demonstrate to your kids how you are learning new things each day. Share regularly how you are growing in God’s word. We never get to a place where you act as though you have arrived and know everything. We can grow and learn together if we are willing to share how God is stretching us.
God will teach us through his word, through creation, through life experiences, and through the people that we meet each day. Developing a teachable spirit will help us to delight in life-long learning.
DAY 13- I AM UNLIMITED IN MY ABILITY TO GROW AND CHANGE
Today we are challenging the thoughts that says: “That’s just the way I am.”
One of the things that limits us and keeps us defeated is the opinion we have of ourselves. Over time, we begin to accept a version of ourselves that isn’t God’s version. We also accept other people’s stigmas of us: “He’s shy”; “She’s self-absorbed”; “He’s all talk”; “She’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer.”
We often end up living up to the very opinions and expectations of others, because we’ve been conditioned to do so.
God is the potter and we are the clay (Jeremiah 18:1-6). God is working on you to make you what He wants you to be. Trust the Artist to make a masterpiece. Be flexible and adaptable. See yourself as a GOOD work in progress.
Philippians 1:6 says, “He who began a GOOD work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Don’t prejudge what your capacity is or what your potential is. He’s only just begun!
HE NEVER GIVES UP ON YOU. Jeremiah 18:4 says, “The clay was marred, so He made it again.” He didn’t discard it. He made it again. Thank God! He’s re-making you! Whatever flaws you have, they are not the final sentence. You are NOW being transformed to the very image of Jesus!
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:10, “I AM what I AM by the grace of God.” It’s God’s grace IN YOU that is making you what you are. You are not a composite of your parents’ mistakes, your mistakes, or others’ opinions of you. You’re awesome! You are a work of God’s grace.
The Bible is a mirror that reflects what God and you really look like! We are everything God says we are. As Jesus is, so are we in this world! (1 John 4:17) THAT’S the way you are!
SAY IT PUT LOUD-I am unlimited in my ability to grow and change. God is the potter and I am the clay. I am what God says I am. He began a good work in me, and He will finish it. He is making me into something GOOD. I am His workmanship—His work of art. He’s good at this and has been doing it for a long time! I am not in bondage to my weaknesses and former limitations. They do not define me. Every day and every moment that passes is making me more and more like Jesus!