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The Most Essential Life Skill: Teachability

In contrast, teachability means:

• You’re aware of the limitations of your own knowledge and abilities.

• You admit limitation, inability and ignorance to others who can teach and help.

• You regularly ask for help, instruction, guidance and advice (before the event, not after disaster strikes).

• You learn from anyone and everyone you can (the best educated pastor I know writes notes for his own benefit even when listening to a novice preacher).

• You listen to others carefully and patiently with a desire to learn from everyone.

• You’re prepared to move out of your comfort zone, try something different, make mistakes, look stupid, answer wrongly, etc.

• You don’t give up when you fail at something, but seek help, and try again and again until you get it right.

• You’re willing to change your views and practices when convincing evidence is presented to you, even if it means admitting you were wrong.

There’s another word for teachability.


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Dr. David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary. He is also Pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church. David is the author of Christians get depressed too, How Sermons Work, and Jesus on Every Page. You can read his blog at HeadHeartHand.org/blog or follow him on Twitter @davidpmurray. David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 4 months to 17 years old, and they love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.