I just found this on a Facebook post from June 3, 2009. Thought I’d post it here. Still good stuff I need to remember.
This is the beginning of a list of characteristics that I value greatly and pursue diligently and take note of when I see them displayed in others’ lives. I have been mulling them around in my head for a while and many students have probably heard me say them out loud.
Out of the crock pot and onto a facebook note. Here goes:
1. Teachability – deciding I don’t have all the answers will only help me with all the following values listed.
2. Gratitude – Psalm 100:4, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving.” (King James Version) or “Enter with the password ‘Thank You.’” (The Message) Saying thank you requires humility before the Lord, saying thank you requires humility before others. When I forget this, I boast in my pride that says, “it just should have been done for me anyway.”
3. Repentance (on-going) – Matthew 3:8, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” Recognizing my ways might not be the best ways and begin to produce fruit in my life that didn’t exist before. Albert Einstein says something similar, I believe, when he gave a definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Repentance = changing my mind and doing something different for a different result.
4. Listening – Hear the subtleties of nature. Hear the subtleties of people’s lives through their words. Hear the heart of God. Hear the thoughts in my head. Listen.
more to come…I’m sure.