Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Everyone has some to teach and some to learn!

The Learning Principle: Each person we meet has the potential to teach us something. Take a look at Ephesians 2:20, “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” The foundation of the apostles, prophets, and Christ Himself is servant teaching. A Christ-follower does not stop learning. A Christ-follower will never stop learning…in fact a Christ-follower is dedicated to learning and seizing every opportunity to improve their walk with the Lord and with each other.

Learning begins with listening and change is always the goal of learning. These are two actions that are hard to do…listening and changing. The success of listening and changing is to value everyone. People do not listen, nor do they change because of someone they do not value. Thus, in order to achieve the Learning Principle, we need to listen to and value every person.

Ralph Waldo Emerson stated it this way, “I have never met a man who was not my superior in some particular.” You and I grow and learn best in the areas of our strengths and we can learn from other people’s area of strength.

Nancy Morris writes in her blog, "Making Common Sense Common Knowledge":
I love giving commencement speeches at graduations. But most young people look shell-shocked when they hear me say that their learning has only just begun. I tell them that to be successful, they have to follow a two-word rule. The two words? “Teach me.” Learning doesn’t stop because we’ve graduated. In fact, “teach me” is a critical key for success for anyone.

I’ve got some examples here that show you what I mean:

  • Teach Me Mr. Client how I can help you better use our product or service.
  • Teach Me friend how to laugh at myself.
  • Teach Me mentor how to do this effectively and efficiently.
  • Teach Me honey how to be your ideal partner.
  • Teach Me kids how to play with abandon.
Action – If you think you know everything, you’re living a life of disappointment already. But if you follow the “Teach Me” rule, you can reach any goal you set.

I believe Nancy has some wonderful words to listen to, learn from and teach other with. I am taking the "teach me" approach that every person has the ability to teach me something, I want to connect with that person and continue to build on the foundation of Spiritual development that connect brings. Lets make connections! Lets learn from each other! You know I love ya, - Don

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