If I told you to teach someone how to do a collagraph, but you knew nothing about it....how successful would you be? If I told you how to do a collagraph, and asked you to teach someone how to do it...would you be more successful? If I showed you how to do a collagraph, and asked you to teach someone how to do it....you might do ok. If I showed you how to do a collagraph, let you do a collagraph while I watched and advised, and then asked you to teach someone else how to do one...you'd probably do a pretty good job. Experience makes a difference. As an art educator, I seek out others who know and have more experience with media and processes that I feel unsure about. In turn, I love to share the things I've learned along the way. I know if I would not have had others take the time to build into me....I would not be the teacher I am now.
What good is experience if we do not share it?
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-6
Emmanuel. God is with us. We often hear this at Christmas, but this truth is not seasonal. We serve a God who knows the struggles we face spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. He is with us. God has also given us a family of believers who have experienced, are experiencing, or will experience the very things we are going through. This provides for us those who can advise us, those who can cry with us, and those who we can come along side when the time comes. The experiences we face are not in vain. They allow us to trust God in new ways. They provide an opportunity for God to work in and through us. Being open with our experiences & being willing to share with others what we have learned through them....is a beautiful gift that can provide comfort and connectedness.