What brings about the maturity we so much desire? It’s experience!
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8).
“In the school of life, experience is the headteacher”
“When critically viewed, some experience could be the axe of sorrow that dig the well of joy”
Life could be viewed as a school. Indeed like an higher institution. It is a place where lessons are taught and learnt on daily basis. The more you learn, the better you become and the more you grow. Whosoever has stopped learning has started dying.
In experience are embedded golden and important lessons meant to make us better, stronger, wiser and an improved version no matter how cruel or unfriendly the experience might be.
No one will graduate from a higher institution without passing all the statutory courses meant for him or her. So it is in life. To get through to the planned and prepared place of destiny, we must undergo some experience. It is expedient to know that each of the experience teaches a lesson or more which as a matter of importance must be passed to move to the next level.
Just as various courses taking in school are meant to inculcate in us certain disciplines which will be useful later in life, so are each event that comes our way. Some courses are preferred to others. Such courses usually invite our attention, probably as a reason of the nature of the course or the handler, and are often passed with very good grades.
Some, on the other hand, are boring, for reasons similar to those stated above, yet we must be certified OK in such a course, even if it is just with pass mark. Failure to pass results in carry-over. So it is in life.
Joseph patiently went through his experience lessons at various levels (from loving arms to strangers’ arms; point of duty to prison; prison to palace). At each level, he stood still. Having completed the journey successfully, he was recommended for the throne by the Pharaoh himself, without any objection.
Jesus also went through levels of experience -of love, hatred, trust, mistrust, disappointment, forsaken, hunger, rejection and untold suffering. Yet he endured the cross and despise the cross and shame the he was recommended by God Himself, therefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name, Phil 2:9.’
You might have experienced hatred and outright rejection from the people you love so much; mistrust from trusted friends denial from closest person, failure, suffering loss in business well understood, etc. Yours could be that of joy, success, trust, etc.
They are all meant to make you better. It is not a reason why you should back out. Don’t get weary, don’t be weaken by events rather get stronger.
Do not retreat when the battle is tough and fierce rather get tougher.
Do not relent even in the darkest hour because the darkest hour of the night is just about an hour to the morning; the dawn of joy is there waiting for you.
Remember quitters never win and winners never quit. If you will not quit, you will keep winning. Even through the experience, keep growing and get matured.