Five Things to Remember About Skill

Bob Kauflin writes about the place of skill at his Worship Matters blog. Although Bob writes primarily to worship leaders, his points here are applicable to skill in any area of life. Here are the main points. You can read the whole article here: Five Things to Remember About Skill.

  1. Skill is a gift from God meant for his glory. None of us can claim credit for any ability we possess . . . Our skill is meant to direct people’s eyes to God, not us.
  2. Skill has to be developed. [For] four years I practiced an average of four hours a day, seven days a week . . . Sometimes people come up to me and say, “I wish I could play the piano like you do,” My standard reply is, “You can! It just takes a little gifting, and practicing four hours a day for four years.” Skill has to be developed.
  3. While God values skill, he doesn’t accept us on the basis of it. So even if I can play complex chord progressions, write songs like Matt Redman, or have a four octave vocal range, I still need the atoning work of the Savior to make my offering of worship acceptable (1 Pet. 2:5).
  4. Skill should be evaluated by others. I thank God for feedback I get during rehearsal and after a meeting . . . We need the eyes and ears of those around us. It’s both humbling and helpful to hear back from people we trust who will speak the truth to us.
  5. Skill isn’t an end in itself. Skill can easily become our ultimate goal and focus. At that point it often becomes an idol . . . Years ago I read a pastor comment that “God isn’t looking for something brilliant; he’s looking for something broken.” That’s a biblical perspective to keep in mind as we seek to develop our gifts.

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