It was my first semester of seminary. I thought I was pretty smart when it came to the whole God and Jesus thing. However, Dr. Fred Norris set out to make sure that I, and my fellow brilliant students, left grad school with humble spirits.
He told a story of how we would one day have an 80 something year old woman on the front row of our church. She would have a 6th grade education. We would not think much of her we and we would be WRONG!
He told us not to believe the lie that this woman was “uneducated.” He told us how she would have the Bible memorized and have life experience that we could only hope to one day attain.
Later Dr. Norris told us the importance of finding the people in our congregation who had experienced life. Whether it be death, miscarriages, or rape, there would be things that would happen in the lives of people to which we could not minister. It would be important to know people’s stories so we could connect the “real” ministers of the church with people in need.
“Educated.” Dr. Norris had multiple degrees. Yet, he would sarcastically say he needed help tieing his shoes. Haha! Then he would laugh a big robust laugh.
I tried to take Norris’ class every semester I could. On the subject of being educated, I took the following notes from one of his classes:
No one is uneducated. There is not a single person I will ever meet that is uneducated. There are some that don’t have a formal education, but none that are uneducated. Everybody has a story that they can tell you and you can learn from.
My father had a limited education. However, I learned so much from him. I learned to play hurt, to work hard and how to be a father and husband. Still, there were so many other things I could have learned from him. It is crazy how much he knew with only a high school diploma.
Do you know someone who is “uneducated” but has taught you a lot? Please share in the comments section what they taught you. Thanks!