I am a learner. I love to learn new things, and I generally enjoy even the process of learning. Whether it is a lecture in a classroom or a lesson from a life experience, there is always something to be learned. As a learner, I also love to teach. I’ve found that one of the most effective ways to teach and share lessons is to do so in the moment. I call these teachable moments.
Here are a few tips on how to look for and recognize teachable moments:
1. Cultivate the attitude of a learner. If you generally have the attitude that you know everything, you’ll likely miss out on many valuable lessons. Commit to learn your whole life long!
2. Make a habit of asking, “What can I learn from this?” Ask this question after successes and failures. Look for things you do wrong, but also notice things you do right.
3. Ask others, “What did you learn from this?” Don’t assume that you are the only one that can learn new things. Other people often have different perspectives that are equally valuable.
4. Look for object lessons. Many of the activities we do and objects with which we interact daily can be related to a more significant truth, though you might have to do a little digging to uncover it. People generally relate well to object lessons.
5. Ask how your situation relates to God’s word. The Bible is, after all, ultimate truth (John 17:17). God’s word is living and active, and it is certainly applicable to our lives today.
The biggest way to notice teachable moments and glean lessons is to simply keep your eyes and your mind open, and always expect that there is something to learn. This will help you grow as a leader, teacher, and learner.