… the thoughts from a life in the Son-shine State


This morning I was doing some reminiscing, and it lead me to thinking about some of the best advice I have ever received.

I was blessed to have an amazing man of God as a youth pastor growing up.
He is a man full of wisdom, humility, and faithfulness; and also lots of useless information. 😉

His name is Mike Montag, and he would be humbled by the previous accolades; and would whisper to me that they aren’t true; which only proves my point (except, or course, when it comes to the useless information, which he would jokingly agree with).

As I graduated high school, I was certain of where I should go, but took a year to finally make the jump and go to college in Pennsylvania.

Upon making the journey to a new land, I received these words of advice from Mike:

Always remain teachable.

Other than “Don’t drink the water in a third-world country,” it’s safe to say that up to this point in my life, of all the advice that I have been given, this has had the greatest impact.

No matter where I’ve been, what I know or think I know, and what I’ve experienced, I have also learned that I don’t know it all. [This was also pointed out to me by another great man of God, the late Rev. Frank Linton.]

Making the choice to remain teachable means that you’re humble and open to learning from whoever, whatever, whenever; and that you haven’t figured it all out. There’s always another angle, or perspective, or piece of information that you haven’t factored in, and as long as I allow myself to be teachable, I will continue to learn, grow, and become more effective in what the Lord has called me to do… oh, and I will also gain that coveted thing called wisdom.

  • Have you ever been given a piece of advice that has greatly impacted your life?
  • Was it a positive or negative impact?
  • Was the individual that gave you the advice doing so with your best interest in mind? (In other words, were they trying to help you or hinder you?)
  • Can you see any long-term affects in your life from the advice?

Thank you, Mike, for giving your all to discipling me. Your efforts have reaped a great harvest in my life, and those fruits have always stayed with me. My life as a follower of Christ, husband, father, and minister are directly connected to what the Lord has done in and through your life. Thank you for remaining teachable, and in return passing the wisdom on to a young, loud, prideful boy that is now beginning to understand (only slightly) the depth of the wisdom passed on.

Still learning…

Steve

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