Teachable

Em português

“It’s very important to keep yourself teachable”. This was the remarkable phrase in our meeting, today, with Rev. Dean Lueking and his wife, Beverly. They are in Brazil in the last day of their Latin America trip. They left home from Chicago, EUA, in march, 7th, and tomorrow they are flying back, after visiting 8 countries

Wise words of this Christian minister, doctor in History. Keep yourself teachable. Something that he takes seriously in his own life. Only in the past 2 years, he has been in cities of the 5 continents, listening to people. He gathered over 250 conversations for his 13rd
book, about the experience of living the Christian Lutheran faith in daily life.
Next june, he turns 80.

Keep yourself teachable. This only isn’t a secret for life because it’s not a secret, everybody can get to know it. And I feel that most people, even though not practicing it, knows the theory. While we keep open to be taught, we live the best things one can live. Among them, humility, wisdom, knowledge, discovery, passion, joy….

And mainly, faith. Jesus Christ teaches us every day, in many ways – His Word being the Main one. The Master has always something new to remind us the importance of keeping ourselves teachable. As long as we think we don’t need this teaching anymore, we start to stagnate and slowly lose even the ability to teach.

By the way, that’s how Rev. Lueking completed his quote. “And he who stops being teachable, should stop teaching as well”. A good reminder for times in which everybody knows there’s so much to learn, but most people only want to teach. Even though when they have not so much to say.

Keeping ourselves teacheable guarantees that we’ll always have the essential to our faith – the Word of God – and a fundamental meaning for life: learn always

Until we turn 80. And even far more.

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