What is a teachable spirit?

“Come to Me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to old ways as you step into the new year. Instead seek may face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind.”- Sarah Young, Jesus Calling.

This is the excerpt from my daily devotional for today January 1st.  Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, is one of my favorite devotional books because it offers daily reminders to be attentive to God’s presence in every aspect of my life.

The reading today seemed especially poignant, as I spent time reflecting on the changes I’d like to see in 2013.  I had already decided to approach my goals and resolutions from a holistic perspective, being attentive to body, mind and spirit. But this devotional has reinforced for me the importance of giving time and attention to the spiritual aspect of my well-being.

If we truly want to invite change into our lives we need to be willing to let go of our old ways and make room for the new. As we trust God and submit to His good and perfect plan, we give him the freedom to transform our lives.

“Come to me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed.”

A teachable spirit is one that is willing to let go, listen, love, trust, obey and be renewed by God’s Spirit. This happens when we spend time in His presence.

A teachable spirit must be nurtured on a daily basis. This will look different for each of us. For me I like to set aside quiet time each morning to sit in the presence of God.  Whether it be with devotional readings, contemplative prayer or just sitting in silence, it all starts by taking the time to sit in the chair.

So there it is, my first resolution for 2013. Creating space each morning to come before God with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed.

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