Four Photo Friday – in search of a teachable spirit

Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
    teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. – Proverbs 9:9

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long…

… He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. 
Psalm 25

Thursday I skipped my regular writing routines and met my friend George at a golf course over near Durham. Summer or not, I had managed to go most of July and August without playing and the rust most definitely made itself evident. Regardless, we enjoyed each other’s company, a smattering of good shots, and the beautiful North Carolina scenery. If I ever start to play often enough for muscle memory to be a factor I could actually be good at this game!

The grandchildren won’t stop growing!

1-40441560_10155847107211376_7366664508086943744_nMore importantly and while I was taking the morning off our amazing grandchildren were at their elementary school being introduced to new teachers and classrooms.

That’s right, folks, next Tuesday David will be a big first-grader and Beks will be riding the bus with him more than ready to attend Kindergarten.

Thankfully their daddy – Craig – grabbed a couple of photographs to document the occasion. David is very proud of his lost teeth – another one came out this morning – and Beks is beyond excited to be enrolled in “big school.”

And that is the point of today’s post: The observation that a five-year-old (as of late June) is so ready to learn and to engage new experiences and to bless others with her enthusiasm for life. And that a six-year-old is so hungry for learning, motivated to sit at the feet of teachers and fill his cup, again and again.

A Willing Spirit to Learn!

Here we are in a nation where so many of our leaders and noise-makers seem to want to “dig in” defensively, to build a wall around their personal take on what is true, to shout their disapproval of everyone else, and to disseminate lies and half-truth to subdue honest debate. “We’re in power so we don’t need to learn anything – no way no how!” Instead, they double-down, call those interested in truth “enemies of the people”, and push their ideas a little more to the extreme.

1-40393912_10155847107181376_7580365128499986432_nMeanwhile, back in Kindergarten and First Grade, Beks and David are going to enter their classrooms Tuesday morning with open minds and teachable spirits.

I absolutely love the process of learning,  the humility of honest inquiry, of finding out how deep and how wide the world of knowledge is, and then – ultimately – mining that teachable spirit to become a creative contributor to the body of new knowledge, of discovery, and of progress for all humankind!

This is what I want for our grandchildren, and this is what I pray for the leaders of our nation too.

Summer Rains:

The summer rains have been frequent and long here in Wake Forest. In consequence, our garden is overgrown and a little out of control. But it’s okay. Maul-Hall is green and there always seems to be another splash of new color. This is a beautiful place to live and I am grateful.

So there are my four photos for Friday. Fun, motivation, hope, and growth. May your weekend be filled to overflowing with all four – DEREK




commentary culture Current News life photogrpahy relationships The Grandaddy Letters

derekmaul View All →

Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: