Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Teachableness

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Teachableness

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WE all have a lot to learn. We may not be in school anymore. And we may sometimes feel we've figured out at least part of "what life is all about." But we all need to find out what life really is and what our role in life is.

When in school, we may have been learning our lessons in order to get good grades. But much more than grades is at stake in the larger lessons of life. Our very well-being and happiness depend upon our understanding of reality, of real existence.

One of the well-known sayings of Christ Jesus is "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." I can't help feeling that one of the qualities Jesus must have loved in children -- and evidently saw as essential for obtaining "heaven," salvation -- is teachableness.

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, spoke of the teachableness of children and how Jesus loved this. She wrote, "Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will make them happy and good.

"Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right."

What is it that would keep us from being teachable when we've grown beyond being "little children"? The obvious answer is also the correct one: those attitudes that stand in the way of learning, such as pride, vanity, stubbornness, apathy, indifference, and the arrogance that believes we don't have much more to learn about life. To open ourselves up to learning about the "simple verities" of being, about spiritual reality -- and to the happiness and goodness this kind of learning brings -- we need to express Christly qualities such as meekness, humility, intelligence, vitality, and love of life and good.

This isn't always easy. …

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