We live in a world that heavily relies on credentials. We want to see what credentials a person has or otherwise what makes a person qualified to do a certain job or fulfill a certain task. And that’s understandable. We’d be fools not to verify one’s credibility, especially when we’re depending on one to deliver a service, a product, an action, a task, etc. But what if I told you that my only credential is my experience.
What makes me qualified? The fact that I’ve lived it. The fact that I’ve experienced the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the ins and outs…that’s right, my experience makes me qualified. We call it a, “learning experience.” Does that not count as a qualification? Sure it does. If it taught me something. If I learned from it. Vowed never to do it again. Changed my ways after the fact? I was the student, experience was my teacher. Class was in session. I may have failed the test the first time, but I knew how to better prepare for it the next time. I knew what I needed to do in order to succeed. And when life gave me a make-up exam, I passed. So surely, that makes me qualified…to share my experiences. To tell you what you need to do in order to pass the test. To show you how to prepare. Right?
I speak from my experience. I speak from my heartaches. I speak from my healing. I speak from my setbacks. I speak from my come ups. And no one can ever take that away from me. I pass the lesson on to you that life taught me with hopes that you won’t ever make the same mistakes. Does this not make me qualified to teach?
I am a teacher of life.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.”