Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge. – (Proverbs 23:12, NLT)
Give yourselves to disciplined instruction; open your ears to tested knowledge. – (Proverbs 23:12, MSG)
Develop a disciplined life. Be attentive so you can be well informed. – (Proverbs 23:12, VOICE)
Just as this is both necessary and beneficial in our day to day life, it is essential in the ever-changing world of education. Not only are the needs of our students changing, but so too are the standards and the curriculum from year to year. Without self-discipline, I would not make it through a single day. Time in the word each morning instructs my heart and soul with reminders of how to love well, and ongoing instruction and interaction with intelligent, innovative colleagues, continues to challenge and refine my craft in the classroom. It is imperative that my ears be open to students and colleagues alike, and God’s grace carries me through the most difficult of days. May we ever be committed to receive instruction, as we listen carefully to words of knowledge that come our way.
Let each heart commit,
To listen and learn;
So knowledge is heard,
And hearts may discern.
A disciplined life,
So through wisdom’s gain,
Lives will be transformed.
Commit to listen,
Let God filter all;
Knowledge shall follow,
To this, we are called.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we commit ourselves to learn, and listen carefully to instruction, knowledge finds us by Your grace. Thank You that You call us to be well informed and attentive, so that we are aware of the world around us. Forgive us for isolating ourselves or choosing to stay stagnant, when You are calling us to grow. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would ever be committed to learning and growing as we are called by You. Show us how to best develop a disciplined life according to the plan and purpose that You have for us individually. Help us to love others well, so that they too, may come to understand the depth and breadth of You great love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we commit ourselves to disciplined instruction, and have our ears open to the words that come from You. Amen.
You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence. – Acts 2:28