To Those Without a College Degree

To Those Without a College Degree

Somewhere in my garage are two pieces of paper that indicate I spent a lot of time and money listening to a bunch of people with letters behind their name tell me how I should think. Those papers say I have a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Counseling. I’m really glad I have those pieces of paper. They’ve been really helpful in life. But I’ve noticed something recently that concerns me.

I have quite a few incredibly brilliant and successful friends who don’t have degrees. They are winning in life. But I’ve observed that when those guys get into “intellectual” conversations they get all quiet and self-conscious – like they don’t have anything to offer the conversation.

I have one particular friend who finally admitted, “I always feel a little less than everyone else when I’m in a group of people who finished college.” I find this fascinating because this guy has raised an amazing family and has been hugely successful in real estate.

Two particular verses came to mind when I was thinking about this.

…knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. (1 Cor. 8:1)

A lot of the problems we face in this world are a direct result of intellectual arrogance. The “smart people” love their theories more than actual results and what it’s doing to people. When the results aren’t working, because of blinding pride, they refuse to face the facts that certain ideas simply don’t work in the real world.

While I’m all for getting as much education as you can, I’m also convinced that your love for people will outweigh any letters behind your name. Love has way more impact than an education.

The other verse is this one:

…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)

When you let God lead and guide your steps your education doesn’t really matter that much. He can take you places you never could have gone on your own.

To all my friends without degrees. Always keep learning, but don’t be intimidated by whatever paper you don’t have. Be bold, stay humble, love people, and stay focused on Jesus. That combination will take you further than any degree that any institution could ever confer upon you.