How important is having experience to your job? Some people get turned down for having little to know experience or having too much experience. So what is so good about experience and what is so bad about experience?
I like what Bruce Lee said.
I saw this quote the other day and it reminded me of how some in ministry have the wrong kind of experience, they never do anything different, they do the same things over and over and over again but not seeking to better themselves. They don’t have 15 years of ministry, they have 1 year of ministry 15 times.
I can’t remember how many times I have been on Mission/Ministry Trips which is concerning on the one hand but on another hand it is helpful to many others who have not experienced.
Here is the challenge for the experienced: Don’t trust in your experience, trust in God and His power. Seek His face for insight. Who knows God may have surprise blessing??
Here are some things to consider when thinking of the Positives and Negatives of having Experience.
- Been there done that is good for those who have not been there and done that (just watch any WWII movie and you will understand this principle).
- If it has been done it can be done again which empowers those who follow.
- Holes and improvements are more readily visible when there is experience.
- Confidence can be gained by the person who has done it to do it again.
- There is always the tendency to do the same thing again without stretching yourself.
- Challenges can be unmet because fears may not be met head on.
- Risks are avoided if you claim experience and not seek new adventures.
- New insights can be missed if you do the same things.
New Song and New Wineskins point to not trusting in Experience but trusting in God.
Psalm 40:3– He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
Matthew 9:17- Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.