Book: Proverbs 9
“Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.”
There are two sides to this proverb. First, as one who wants to increase in wisdom, I want to be instructed and learn. I don’t want to miss out on the lessons God has for me. I must be open, ready and willing to receive from Him.
The second side has to do with the people I work with. My business purpose statement says, “ I serve leaders, businesses and non-profits who want to advance and maximize their potential in the Kingdom of God.” In other words, I don’t want to work with those who do not want to be worked with. But those who are ready and willing to learn from what God has given to me, and want to become all that God desires for them, I am willing to invest a great amount of time and energy into them.
I had one client who was so eager to learn that not only did he listen well but also immediately implemented what he learned. He would have consumed up all my time, (every day if I had let him) because of his desire to maximize his potential. It was an honor to work with him because he did not make excuses nor shy away from the challenges he faced. He was not only willing to receive instruction and teaching but he eagerly sought it out. The icing on the cake for me was when he started to instruct and teach others who wanted to learn what I had taught him. It had affected him so much that he was eager to share it with others.
All of us only have 24 hours in a day of which some of it is used up in getting necessary sleep. The time we spend with others needs to be used wisely. Do you have a person in your life that you are discipling, mentoring, coaching or instructing? If yes, do they desire to be taught? If you don’t have a person you are serving in this way, I challenge you to take time before the Lord and ask Him to give you a person you might be able to serve in this way. Remember this though: to be able to teach well you have to be teachable yourself!