Thursday, October 23, 2008

Skill

"Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men." - Proverbs 22:29

A subtlety of the verse arises in my mind this morning - probably all the cogitating that is going on over the last two weeks.

Note that the verse discusses nothing about one's love for one's work, one's passion for the work, or one being fulfilled by the work. It mentions only "being skillful", the combination of knowledge and expertise which comes with practice and experience - and which, I might add, is accessible to all. Not everyone can love their work, but everyone can be skillful at the work they do.

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