Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.netDo you put a wall up, claiming, "Not me. Certainly not me..." or do you embrace the need for change with a hollering, "Let's DO this!"
I have been in both seats. A few weeks ago in NYC, the founding pastor of Hillsong United gave a sermon on the humbling power of embracing a teachable heart. I was struck to the core by his lessons, realizing that I could come to embrace more of my truest self if only I opened my heart for change. I did not want to be like the Rich Young Ruler...
I think it's a solid concept, and one that Jesus calls us to learn. I found this short quiz in Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver (I have only mentioned this book, say, five times on the blog! It's a fantastic, much-needed read). Take a couple of minutes and have fun filling it out honestly--see what it reveals about your heart.
"Are You Teachable?
Consider the following statements to give you an idea of your teachability quotient. Answer (U) for Usually; (S) for Sometimes; and (R) for Rarely.
1. I feel comfortable asking for advice.
2. I easily admit when I'm wrong.
3. I enjoy reading for information rather than escape.
4. I enjoy listening to other people's thoughts and opinions without feeling the need to express my own.
5. I'm able to receive criticism without being hurt.
6. When I read something in the Bible, I automatically think of ways to apply it.
7. I enjoy church and Bible classes and usually take notes.
8. I'm able to disagree with someone without feeling like I have to debate the issue.
9. I'm willing to look at all sides of a situation before I form an opinion.
10. I'd rather be righteous that always have to be "right".
Give yourself 3 points for each U answer, 2 points for each S, and 0 points for every R. Then add the numbers. If you scored 24-30 points, you are well on your way to a teachable heart. If you scored 15-23, keep at it! You are definitely trainable. If you scored 0-14, you may need to make your teachability quotient a matter of prayer, because you'll find a teachable heart is one of life's greatest treasures.
Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.
What other factors could we add to the above list? What is most important?