Have you ever thought about how “teachable” you are? I was asked to consider that question recently and have given it a lot of thought over the past few months. I’ve identified the following list that I refer to as “The 5 signs of an Un-teachable Spirit.” See if any of these apply to you, as they certainly have to me all too often.
- You get offended when someone tries to teach you something you already know
- You pretend you already know what’s being taught, even when you don’t
- You can’t take instruction from those in lower positions
- You feel certain tasks are beneath you, so you don’t need to learn them
- You try to “one-up” the one giving instruction by proving you know more than they do
These days, whenever I find myself exhibiting an un-teachable attitude, I am convicted by the words of Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” This verse is sometimes referenced as the “theme” verse of the Proverbs. I think it’s no coincidence the book is divided into 31 chapters, one for every day of even the longest months. If it’s not already part of your daily bible reading, let me encourage you to add at least one chapter a day from this book of wisdom.
No matter what we have accomplished in our lives, we still have a lot to learn. James 1:19 reminds us to be “quick to listen, and slow to speak.” Amen.
So, what about you? What signs of an un-teachable attitude would you add to my list?
Brian Brown is LifeWay Worship’s Manager of Sales, Marketing, Events & Business Development. With LifeWay for more than 21 years, Brian has a passion for worship, numbers and history. He’s well-read. He’s quick-witted. He’s worth following on Twitter @TheBrianHBrown.