The Skills That Are Amazing
Most every person is skilled at doing something very well. Now as some of you read that statement, you begin to protest “in your own mind” with self-deprecation. Your feelings resist the compliment that you are skilled “with some clear and meaningful talents” because you are not a person who has awards, trophies, or certificates to validate your abilities. That does not mean you are not gifted. It just means that you do what you do very well to those in your immediate sphere of influence and not on a city, state, or national scale.
I love people watching. We are fascinating in what we do, how we do what we do, and how much we are concerned about what others think when they see us “do what we do”. What I love is to watch the skills of those who are not seeking to be on display do so effectively the tasks that are second-nature to them.
There are many skills that are often times not appreciated because we fail to take the time to pause and consider what they do so easily. Many people have a tremendous ability to hunt. Have you watched a hunter prepare with the right clothes, “scent”, weapon, ammunition, and patience which allows them to fool their prey so that the animal can become “dinner” one day soon?
Or, how about the mom that can be folding clothes, changing diapers, disciplining a wayward child, and preparing dinner while talking on the phone to her friend?
How about the surgeon that works weekly in the cold sterility of an operating room to extract “growths”, repair body parts, or transplant organs? Most of us have never watched those procedures because we grimace at the thought of cutting someone open, mopping blood while doing the work, and then closing the wound like a high-priced seamstress.
Like you, I am fascinated by a teacher of small children that can capture their enthusiasm and teach them the first skills they need for life. What about the shop owner that is consistently effective as a merchant because they know “what to buy” for customers looking for the things they stock and are eager to find treasures to take home? And, consider the coach that can teach children and teens the rudiments of a sport so they can one day play at a level that gives them satisfaction. Do we not still pause at a construction site so marvel at how a team can take a blue print to a piece of ground and in a few months create a structure that will last for years to serve the public?
All of these and thousands more do their tasks with great professionalism and effectiveness. They are talented in that area from the outset, but they also have had hours and hours of perfecting their skills so that they are able to take the situation, make instant evaluations, correct and improve what they are given to create what is needed. The transformation of the “before and after” is awesome, indeed!
A sculptor had ruined a huge piece of beautiful Carrara marble. It was left in the courtyard of the cathedral in Florence, Italy, for almost a hundred years. Artisans thought it was beyond repair. But in 1505, a young sculptor by the name of Michelangelo was asked if he thought anything could be done with “The Giant.” He measured the block and carefully noted the imperfections caused by the bungling workman of an earlier day. To his mind came the image of the young shepherd boy David. So he carefully made a sketch of that biblical character as he envisioned him. For 3 years he worked steadily, his chisel skillfully shaping the marble. Finally, when one of his students was allowed to view the towering figure, 18 feet high and weighing 9 tons, he exclaimed, “Master, it lacks only one thing, and that is speech!” (Copied).
The greatest of all transformations is when Jesus takes a sinner and changes them into a child of God! That is enough to have one break out in ‘HOW GREAT THOU ART”!