This week our *almost 18 month old* decided naps were a thing of the past. As in tried to drop ALL of her naps… what 18 month old does that? The thing is, as her mama, I know that she needs a nap. Desperately.
How do you describe a person who has a “teachable spirit?” How close do you think you come to that description? How do your respond to constructive criticism?
Cue gut punch. Immediately Andrew knew by the look on my face that I had reached an especially difficult question. Then he read it and laughed… he knows me all too well.
See, this is not my strong suite. Let me teach people and lead all day- but have some one else tell me what to do? To listen to how I can do things better? I struggle with this.
And how do you even answer this on a job application with integrity- "I think this is important and I am ahem… working on it."
Little did I know when I came across this question on the job application that God was actually beginning to refine my heart in this area. I was reading through Proverbs and came across these verses…
Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days. Proverbs 19:20
A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind. Proverbs 18:2
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel. Proverbs 12:15
The Word lead me right to the importance of being teachable. I mean really, it calls us fools (really, me a fool) for not being teachable.
I recently started a new job (ironically not the one with the super long job application- that is 5 hours of my life I will never get back). And even in this new job God has put me in a place again where I don't get to lead, that someone else is leading me and teaching me. And have had to swallow my pride and say
No, I don't know it all.
Yes, I am teachable.