I Am Not Qualified To Do This

I Am Not Qualified To Do This

I regularly get emails or phone calls from people who either subtly or not so subtly ask me questions like this:

  1. What qualifications do you have to be coaching others? Are you certified?
  2. What qualifications do you have to be leading people on climbing expeditions? Are you a certified guide?

I always get intimidated when people start asking me that stuff. Truth is:

  1. I don’t have any qualifications. I have a Master’s degree in counseling. That’s about it.
  2. I’m not a certified guide. I’ve led dozens of trips over the past ten years, but I’m not a certified wilderness person or whatever they call them.

But here’s the deal folks.

I’m doing it and I’m not certified!!

We get way too hung up on having other people certify us. For some reason we think that if someone else can say we are qualified to do something then we really are qualified. If we’ve got the paper we must be legit.

That is absurd. Because what that means is that you are only legit if some person says you are legit. Who’s the hot-shot who gets to decide what hoops you’ve gotta jump through to be legit? I’ve met lots of people who are certified but are definitely not called to what they are doing.

Here’s the deal though. I’m certain God called me to this, so I’m moving forward.

Yes, I’m seeking advice, Yes, I’m seeking training. That’s wise to do. But I’m not gonna sit around waiting for some dude in an ivory tower to tell me I’m ready.

God called me – so I’m going to go. Period.

Stop waiting around for someone to tell you you are good enough or ready. Don’t let the ‘professionals’ tell you you don’t have what it takes. If God called you – he’ll qualify you.

Listen to God and obey him!

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13