"From all those who have taught me I have gained wisdom." Psalms 119:99
David is telling us that he learned from everyone and that everyone was his teacher. From some, he learned
what to do; from others, what not to do.
Just as we can learn from every person, we can learn from every event. Positive experiences are obvious
sources of learning, because each positive act we do adds to our character and prepares us to better face the next challenge
in life. Negative experiences can be valuable, too, but only if we are sufficiently alert to learn from them. The list of
lessons that we have learned the hard way may be long, but each one has taught us what not to do and thereby it becomes a
When we sincerely regret our mistakes and change ourselves for the better, the wrongs that we did can
become our testimony. Only when we fail to learn from our mistakes and insist that we were right, do our misdeeds remain unprofitable.
Try to look for lessons from everyone and everything around you, whether it is positive or negative.