Isn’t it interesting how much we value professionals today? From doctors to plumbers, we take their word for gold. We respect and trust their judgment, whether it’s a malignant or benign to a clogged or unclogged diagnosis. Even though we hold these people and positions in high regards, the question remains, why is this so? A further question, is it because it’s a specialty or a field of study for the minority, for the few, for the uncommon person to follow such a career path.
This infrequently traveled professional path negates restricted knowledge to the typical person. Granted, everyone can research and educate themselves on the scientific inner workings of the human body or how plumbing fixtures are built and maintained, but it’s simply not equivalent and proportionately valued. We can’t consider ourselves doctors because we’ve successfully diagnosed our friends and family through WebMD; or because we unclogged a perturbed toilet means we’re now officially licensed plumbers. We’re naturally missing the formal education and the gained experience.
Through all of this, through all of the years of formal classes, training, and workforce experience, we expect complete perfection from these individuals. We’ve undivided them from the rest because they’re “professionals” in that field. But why do we consider them professionals? Is it because we’re not in that career field? Is it because we don’t have those same interests or cares? Is it because we simply think it’s too inferior or superior for our own liking? All of these questions begin to flood my mind about how we perceive and treat these people of categorical professional positions.
At the end of the day, we come to a point of reflection, not only with ourselves, but with how we have treated others throughout the day. Did we unconditionally love on every single person we encountered throughout the day? Did we forgive and forget the mistakes people made? Did we conclude we’re ALL human and make mistakes? The latter is the most important question to ask yourself.
We’re human. We’re going to make mistakes. We’re going to disappoint. We’re going to occasionally achieve the minimum. We may not finish. Some will misdiagnose. Some will utter hurtful words. And most will perfect being flawless and judgmental, even though a simple self-reflection is needed to realize we’re all tarnished; we’re all completely imperfect.
Ephesians 4:32-“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Luckily for us, there is only One who is perfect, the ultimate Professional, the one and only who can treat ALL seemingly incurable problems, misfortunes, and mistakes in our lives. As much as we think our lives are hopelessly traveling in the wrong direction, we can call upon the one and only, all curable, all life-giving, wholesome professional, that will never make a mistake, that will always construct our lives in His eyes. Even though there will be misdiagnoses and leaks in the plumbing, God will always come through. He is the ONLY professional that’s perfect!