|Healing Choices: Be Teachable, Not Unreachable |
From Rick Warren-Purpose Driven Life
|Meekness means you have a teachable spirit. Meek people are eager to learn. They know they don't know it all and they don't try to pretend they know it all.|
James 1:19 is one of my favorite Bible verses: "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry" (NLT). It tells how to control your temper. In fact, if you do the first two, the third is automatic. When you're quick to listen, and slow to speak, you will be slow to anger.
On the other hand, if we're slow to listen and quick to speak, we'll be quick to anger. We need to listen; use our ears; and be teachable, not unreachable.
When someone makes a constructive suggestion, how do you respond to it? Do you get uptight and defensive? Are you open or closed to new ideas? Are you open to change or closed to change? When we are meek someone can correct us because we're teachable, not unreachable.
A few weeks ago I saw this sign: "I'd rather change my mind and succeed than have my own way and fail." Proverbs 13:18 says, "If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored" (NLT). A meek person is not a weak person; rather, a meek person is understanding, not demanding; gentle, not judgmental.
A meek person is someone who has made the healing choice to be teachable.
The above is from Rick Warrens' Purpose Driven Life, which I receive through daily e-mails. I have always struggled with that whole weak/meek idea. I work in retail (Wal-mart) and have done so for the past 14 years. It is challenging to work with the general public. I witness things daily that I would prefer not to, but I know God has me there for a reason. I often think that my Faith walk would be so much easier if I worked in a less hostile environment, where I did not have things thrown at me and called swear words. Where I did not get screamed at on a regular basis or have to watch people stealing, and lying and cheating and hurting one another. Where the Christmas Holiday transforms from what should be a beautiful rejoicing of our Savior's birth to a very aggressive/hostile holiday that is all about material worship. I often feel like shouting above all the chaos, "you have forgotten Jesus!!"
But do you know what....that whole unpleasant experience that I call work HAS helped me to grow in my faith walk! It has helped me figure out that whole meek/week thing. Yes, it would be easier to work in a calm environment with other Christians, but I do not think that I would have grown spiritually as much as I have. I doubt that I would have accepted that meek is preferable and does not equal week!! For the many times that I have wondered WHY He has me working there.....may I never forget He has a Plan. Thank-you, Father for always making sure I am right where I need to be at just the right time!
Be blessed, my friends!!