Putting ourselves aside
Looking to others for our own good
Some of the most wonderful lessons that I have learnt in life have been from other people. Sometimes they have been surprise lessons but sometimes I have actively looked for and prayed for people that I can learn from.
To grow and to learn is to change. One of the difficult things about growing and learning is that we have to be humble enough to recognise the need for change in ourselves. This is difficult. It is far easier to examine the character traits of others than it is ourselves. This can work to our advantage though. Not only can we spot problems in people’s characters but we can spot Godliness too.
We can save ourselves a lot of heartache and hard work if we will put ourselves aside and learn from others.
|Try this—identify someone who you
admire for a Godly attribute. This week organise to meet them for a walk
in the park, coffee or dinner. Tell them why you particularly wanted to
speak to them today and ask them to tell you some of the lessons they have
learnt in that area. Before
you meet with them ask yourself this:
Can God teach me lessons through the experience of others or am I usually only able to learn through things that happen to me directly?
We can save ourselves a lot of heartache and hard work if we will put ourselves aside and learn from others too.
This article © Linda Faber 2006-2009.