share this post

Stay Fresh, Humble and Teachable

Read these verses from Psalm 92 slowly. Look for repetition, metaphors, and the overall thrust.

"The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him" (Psalm 92:12-15, ESV)."

We live and work in a uniquely privileged setting. We are surrounded by outstanding teachers and learning resources. As wonderful as this is, there is a risk we must acknowledge and battle against. It is the risk of thinking we have sufficient and superior understanding and this can lead to an unteachable spirit accompanied with pride –  thinking that we have somehow achieved maturity. Ken Boa has offered a sobering comment on this passage which I offer to you today. In a message he said:

A worse disease than hardening of the arteries is the hardening of the categories. Men's categories get ossified. They become brittle in their thinking; they become stubborn; they become people who are not open to new ideas. They lose the freshness of new ideas, of surprise, of joy, of mystery…When you graduate from college you know more than you ever knew before, or ever will again…The best scholars that you are going to encounter are the ones who have learned enough to know how little they know.

Today when you open your Bible, or sit under a lesson – look with fresh eyes, listen with attentive ears, reflect with "rookie smarts" (to use Liz Wiseman's phrase), and obey with a child-like, teachable trust. We never graduate from the school of discipleship – so keep growing.

Partnering together to stay fresh, humble, and teachable under God's truth – flourishing with vitality and fruitfulness,

Michael

Michael B. Pawelke, DMin
President

share this post
  • June 25, 2021

    Summer Devotional

    By Michael Pawelke

    Briercrest President Michael Pawelke with some insights on the barrage of changes in our culture and the impact on the Gospel.

  • Keeping the Faith
    December 15, 2019

    Why Christian Higher Education?

    By Michael Pawelke

    In a time when young adults are leaving the faith in overwhelming numbers, Christian education can make a difference in the lives of students—and in the Church.

  • President Michael Pawelke
    June 11, 2019

    Thinking crazy or thinking biblically

    By Michael Pawelke

    Followers of Christ must be willing to unlearn incorrect mental models and replace them with correct mental models leading to the shaping of a Christian worldview. President Michael Pawelke shares a case study in the power of biblical thinking.

This has been the most shaping and formative year of my entire life. This program is designed to help you grow at a rate I wouldn't have ever thought possible.
Levi Vanderkwaak