A Teachable Spirit

Have you a teachable spirit? Are you like an open vessel ready to receive valuable lessons from even the most unexpected sources? Are your heart and mind havens of teachings that can grow you spiritually? Are you receptive to change or do you do your best to resist it fearing to step out of your comfort zone? Does your soul thirst for wisdom like the parched earth thirsts for rain? Do you glean the lessons from life’s storms which have brought you much pain and learn from them? Do you believe that you can find diamonds in the dust of your relationships, yes, in the ugly places of your life, upon which you can flourish thereby?

Do you believe that growth starts with our acknowledgment that we are not perfect? That we are so in need of learning? A humble spirit is a teachable spirit. A prideful heart is a foolish heart.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled. (Mat. 5:6)

I wrote a letter to Hannah in the two pages of a birthday card. She’s turning 13 and I wanted to pour out my heart to my firstborn who has brought me so much joy…and pain. Amongst the words and lines of love, hope, and prayers, I wrote this: For the times that I have hurt your feelings, I’m sorry. I regret them. 

But I couldn’t write and explain why there were times, more than I care to admit, that I had not been the mother I wanted to be or God had intended me to be. The card was just too scant to tell her how it had grieved me to succumb to weakness rather than standing strong in the Lord and exemplifying His teachings. Even, and more so, in the most difficult and perplexing times. How can a mother explain to her daughter that she’s far from perfect and maybe she can learn from her child as well?

I carefully inserted the card into its envelope and sealed it, deep in thought. I believe learning and growth start from acknowledging our mistakes and knowing that we still have a lot to learn. My posture is, I am not a perfect wife and mother and I am ever open to learn. I come before the Lord repenting of my bad choices that have affected my family and praying for wisdom, guidance, and strength. I believe true wisdom is having a humble posture, heart and mind ever receptive to lessons that can change one for the better. I myself cannot gauge my performance as a wife, mother, or a friend. It is only through how I am affecting the people around me that I can truly know how poor or how well I am carrying out my roles. 

Am I a light to them? A guide, an encouragement? If my children are not growing up as they should be, shall I put all the blame on them thinking that they are just plain bad children? Or shall I stop dead in my tracks and examine seriously myself where I am falling short or erring? I believe that the success of my children in life is as much as my responsibility as theirs, most especially in their formative years.

So I learn from my mistakes and from the things that had wrenched my heart painfully and had brought me to my knees, beaten and surrendered. This is the place of blessing.

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  1. Joanie Qualls says:

    Rina I love,love, love this !!!!!!!!!
    and so agree
    and is a prayer I continually have for myself
    and others that I am praying for,
    and ministering. to.
    Hugs and bless you.

  2. Lisa notes says:

    Your humility is a sign of true wisdom. Would that we all could apologize more freely and forgive more openly.

    I love this:
    “I believe learning and growth start from acknowledging our mistakes and knowing that we still have a lot to learn.”
    So true. The older I get, the more I understand that.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Lisa, I found out that when honoring God is topmost in my life, it’s easier to yield and not contend when a rift presents itself.

  3. Kitty Swing says:

    Visiting from Teaching What Is Good, and this – this is good. God walks with the humble and opposes the proud, but humility is so difficult, and admitting shortcomings takes a certain degree of self-depreciation that we could all swallow a dose of. Thank you, for this goodness.

    • RinaPeru says:

      True, Kitty. Remaining humble, esp. in the most difficult situations can be a challenge, and we do struggle sometimes. But God will find a way out for us when we rest at His feet and wait on Him.

  4. It sounds like you’re a very wise mama to me. Glad I stopped in here from Jennifer Lee’s.

  5. Rach D says:

    Good reminder! Something we are actually working on right now in this household…
    Rachael @ DiamondsintheRough http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com

  6. Judy says:

    I’m visiting from Spiritual Sundays! Yes, none of us is perfect. That is why we have our Savior Jesus! He is our righteousness, our wisdom, and He’s full of forgiveness , mercy, and grace, and remember He gives grace to the humble in heart. He directs the humble in His ways! You are so right that humbling ourselves at the feet of Jesus is a place of blessing. It’s the best place to be because then He can speak to us, lead us, guide us, strengthen us, and fill us afresh with His holy spirit to raise our children and be the wives we were called to be.
    I welcome you to visit me at Walking With God and Judith Riddle Photography.


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