The student who walks into my classroom to learn will. The student who walks in hating math already deciding they will fail to learn very likely will. The key factor is not intelligence though it may affect how quickly and deeply the understanding develops. The key factor is ATTITUDE!

The same can be said of gaining wisdom. If I seek after wisdom, then God will teach it to me. Check out Solomon’s words and how attitude comes into play.

“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.   Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.” Proverbs 9: 7-9

That leaves the question- do I have a teachable spirit? Do I get angry when the preacher steps on my toes or do I let his words refine my behavior? Do I accept constructive criticism with grace or offense?

God often uses my husband to help refine me. Sometimes I am too quick to be offended by his suggestions only to later see the wisdom and truth in his words.

Lord, I want to be made more like Christ Jesus. Empty me of me and fill me with you. Give me a teachable spirit that learns much as you replace my foolishness with your wisdom. Amen

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