Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God’s holiness and sovereignty, acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours.
As a singing teacher I sometimes noticed that students who found change most difficult were those who had received notoriety too soon. They clung to style or technique that had earned them trophies in the past. It’s one of the reasons why child prodigies often have difficulty finding their way in the adult world. It’s hard to let go of success.
Spiritual growth requires a teachable attitude – also known as meekness. There is a line from an old hymn playing in my head this morning:
“I will cling to the old rugged cross ’til my trophies at last I lay down,
I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.”
Sometimes trophies can become heavy burdens as we journey on this path. Sometimes we need to lay them down so we can move on.