Thursday, July 6, 2017

Developed Without Degree

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Cling to wisdom—she will protect you. Love her—she will guard you.

Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment. If you exalt wisdom, she will exalt you. Hold her fast, and she will lead you to great honor; she will place a beautiful crown upon your head.
~ Proverbs 4:6-9, TLB ~

Do you ever feel small in a crowd of brainy peers? Others have doctorates, degrees, and job descriptions that make you feel less-than? You are sitting at hospitals or therapy appointments as people around you are recognized for their accomplishments and acumen?

I recently had to provide my resume for certain credentialing. I hadn't dusted it off in quite some time. It really opened my eyes. 

First, it walked me through the story God has been writing throughout my adult life. I'm not who I was, but I am still becoming the woman He would have me be. The myriad experiences I have been given over the years are incredible. It was too easy for me to forget that most people in the world may not have the opportunity to see and do what I have. Memories of years in the financial industry make me smile. The things that I have seen, done, and experienced give me a unique wisdom.

Second, it made me realize the incredible depth of knowledge I have gained as the mother of complex kids. Although I often joke that I should have finished getting my nursing degree because the pay would be better than my medical work as a parent, my medical knowledge is much greater now than it ever was in college. My people skills first used with investment clients has grown exponentially as I advocate for my kids with doctors, educators, and even politicians. And the variety of people I have come to know and call friends is of a far greater range than before this parenting journey -- rich, poor; old, young; humble and influential; from every part of the United States and in far away countries.

Suddenly, I didn't feel as small. I wasn't just a college drop-out who stays at home with her kids. Instead, I realized that you couldn't afford a degree that would give you all of my expertise! There are places I have gone, things that I have done, and contacts that I have made that no college graduate or distinguished doctor will ever experience. God has given me a richness of wisdom through the difficulties that is more precious than gold.

Aside from those practical realizations, God also reminded me that I have infinite value simply because Jesus died for me. He died for you too. Each of us, from the most menial labor to the most brilliant scholar has boundless worth. That comes from our Maker, not anything we can accomplish. He alone makes us fit for heaven.

You may not have occasion to dust off your resume, but think of all the experience that the Lord has given you in your parenthood journey! Much of it you probably never wanted. There is a depth of insight and instinct that your Creator has imparted to you. Your story, your experience with your child matters. YOU matter. He has a plan and a purpose for you that starts here and reaches through to eternity.

Let's be sure to share that wealth we have gained with those coming up behind us. We were blessed to be blessings to others. Share with confidence knowing how you have been developed without degree.

Pray with me...

Father, from You come all wisdom, and knowledge, and help, and goodness. Although the journey can get tough, You bless us richly and make us competent in our parenting. Remind us to pass these blessings on to others and rest in knowing You make us valuable beyond all human measure.

~ Barb Dittrich

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