The best guide in community is someone who has been through the valley. I would trust someone who has been through the valley, versus someone who knows about the valley.
There is credibility in experience.
The experience of going through gives credibility, and the fact that they survived & can lead you through the same valley is a beautiful example of how healed people heal people.
People who have been THROUGH some stuff, can go back and help other people THROUGH their stuff.
See, when we hit a point in our journey where things are challenging and we are facing the unexpected, we have a choice. We can try to navigate our way through uncharted territory with the advice of someone who may know about the path, but never walked it. Or, we can find someone to take our hand and lead us down the path they have already traveled.
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Cor 1:4
God comforts us and we comfort others. This is how the body of Christ is supposed to work.
It’s built on compassion.
<3 – Jen