This is Post #2 in a series of 20 Values/Motivasyon that I am teaching to my team here in Haiti. These values are the roots or anchors of the 3rd Culture we are creating together. I will continue to teach these, and I pray model these. This is who I am, and I want my team to know how I think, what I expect of myself/them, who I want us to be, and why/how I/we do what I/we do.
Value #2: Teachability / Volonte pou Aprann
We must remain teachable, or willing to learn. No matter our “rank”, we should always be looking for opportunity to learn from others. Those “above” or “below” can teach us new ways of doing things, insight, other things beyond our current capacities. We must constantly remain teachable. Missionaries learn from Haitians and Haitians learn from missionaries. Pastor’s learn from lay people and lay people learn from pastors. Followers learn from leaders and leaders learn from followers. We should be always learning. If we are not learning, we are stuck in a steady state of ignorance.
In Scripture, there is a clear distinction between a fool, and a man who is wise. This distinction couldn’t be any clearer than in Proverbs…
12:15 - The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
23:12 - Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.
25:11 - A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.