This past weekend, at the conference we went to, they gave an example that really showed what a teachable, humble heart looks like. My initial response to the story told me that I have not attained the kind of respect, humility or teachable heart that I desire for my children.
Here is the story:
A student who had started the ICC program as a very shy child,
after three years of training, was about to speak before a crowd of around one hundred people. She began her speech and was beginning to give an example about her favorite dessert, sherbert. After mentioning the word sherbert a few times a woman stood up in the middle of the crowd and reprimanded her. The woman said, “It is not sherbert, it is sherbet! If you are going to be a public speaker, you need to learn to pronounce your words correctly. Sherbet is my favorite dessert also, so you must say it correctly” and she sat down.
How would you react? How would you want your child to react?
Rudeness, defensiveness, tears….
This amazing young woman grabbed her pencil, scratched out something on her paper and look up at the woman to thank her. She said, “You are correct, I need to pronounce my words correctly, I will start now.” Then she went on with her speech.
Proverbs 12: 16 “A fool shows his annoyance at once.”
Proverbs 9: 8b-9 “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 12: 1 “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he
who hates correction is stupid.”
Do we want to be wise or foolish? Do we want our children to be
wise or foolish? Being teachable, humbly accepting correction and loving instruction are all signs of wisdom. These are goals we need to head toward for ourselves and in the training of our children.