Life is filled with teachers. Some of them are great and some of them are (to put it politely) terrible. The real question here is: which ones do YOU learn from?
These are just a few of the teachers I have met and some of what I learned:
- Strengths and weaknesses. Know them in yourself first and foremost. Know your weaknesses, but work on your strengths.
- Past experience. Learn from your mistakes. If you don’t, you simply get to retake the test.
- Pain and suffering. This is one of the greatest teachers I have had. It has a way of focusing my mind and heart towards God like nothing else.
- Success. I learned that it is about relationships and not things.
- Failure. Failing does not make us a failure. It simply points us in a different direction. We only become a failure if we refuse to learn the lessons.
- Love. This is the greatest teacher I have had by far. Learning to love God first and with all my heart, and then to love others in the way that God loves them puts things in perspective.
- Fear. This is a terrible teacher and yet one I have learned from time and time again. If I don’t face my fears, they become my reality and I miss the blessings God intended for me.
- Peace. I love this teacher. Shalom is at the core of my foundation. When I am faced with the storms of life, I find my Shalom in the Prince of Peace.
- War. If there is anything I have learned from history is that if we don’t learn from it, then we are doomed to repeat it. While war is sometimes the only way to confront evil, I always pray for peace.
- Worry. This teacher has taught me what a waste it is to worry. Nothing good comes from it. Nothing!
- Self-esteem. I have learned that I have to know and respect myself. If I have no self-esteem and don’t believe in myself, why should I expect anyone else to?
- Pride and humility. I learned that pride is repulsive to all except the one who has it, and humility is embraced by all except the ones who abuse it.
- Time. This is a great teacher in that we all have the same amount of it. It is what we do with it that becomes the teacher.
- Dogs. I love dogs. They teach me all the time to love and live life in the moment. Enjoy the simple things. Stick your head out the window…preferably when you are not driving. LOL.
- Kids. Great wisdom is found in the things that kids say and do. They have a simplicity and innocence that I love being around.
- Control. I realize I control very little when all is said and done. I have to simply do my best and have faith in God through the test.
- Change. It is inevitable. I can’t change that. Another thing we can’t change is other people. People will resist if they see you are trying to change them.
- Judging others. This is a terrible teacher and many are hurt by this one. If we just focus on getting the beam out of our own eyes, we have our hands full.
- Money. Love God and people. Use money. Never get the two confused.
- Jesus. He was and is the ultimate teacher. He sums up everything above. He taught using parables and often answered questions with a question forcing people to think deeper. He taught servant leadership, sacrifice, empathy, encouragement, obedience, humility, kindness and justice. He modeled the ability to live without fear, how to live a life full of faith, and ultimately…how to love.
I have found the greatest teachers are simply the ones I have learned from, and I meet them every day.