Spiritual growth. For the last few years, I’ve gotten really into coffee. I started buying raw coffee beans about 6 years ago and have been working persistently towards developing the perfect method for roasting. Beyond that, I’m always experimenting with various brewing methods, pour-overs, siphons, espresso… I’ve even been practicing my latte art. It’s one of those hobbies that I do purely for fun, and solely because I enjoy it. I enjoy researching different products, and reading and watching different techniques to roast, grind or brew coffee. And what’s even better, is that my wife fully supports my hobby as she is the beneficiary of some pretty decent coffee.
I’m a research guy… at least as far as it concerns things that I enjoy doing. I’ll Google it, YouTube it, I read reviews, and compare products. If I’m tasked with an upcoming home project or a car repair, I look it up and learn as much as I can about how to do it before I grab a hammer or a wrench and begin the work.
I try to keep a realistic view of my capabilities though! I can usually tell if something is beyond my skill-set, and if so, I’m happy to consult an expert, or will at least partner with somebody else who has experience with that thing.
Ultimately, in these areas, I want to do good work. When I make something or fix something, or whatever the task is, I want to be able to look back on that thing and be proud of the work I’ve done. And I like to learn about how to be better at the things I enjoy doing.
But sometimes, I have to take a look at other things in my life to see if I’m putting as much effort and energy into ‘mastering the craft’ of things that are really important. I’m also a husband, a father, and a Christian… am I as diligent in studying and researching how to be better in these areas as I am with coffee? Not surprisingly, the answer is no.
Think about it… maybe the thing that interests you is sports, or woodwork, or music. How much time do you spend doing or reading about these things? Perhaps you’re in ministry? How much time do you spend preparing a sermon, or planning an outreach or an event? Make no mistake, these are fantastic things to do, and I believe that we are all supposed to do the best we can in every area of our life.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
I Corinthians 10:31 says, “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I believe that whatever we lend our hand to, it is our responsibility as men and as Christians to do that thing with the highest level of excellence that we can.
But what research have you done to learn about how to be a better communicator with your wife? Or about how to be a more effective parent? Are you putting as much effort into your most critical relationships as you are putting into your hobbies, interests, or ministry?
Maybe there is some repair work that needs to happen in your relationship with your wife or with your kids, and you think that it is beyond your skill-set.
Don’t let that be a reason for you to put off the work that needs to be done… Consult an expert or at least partner with somebody else who has experience!
Your relationships at home should be a testimony to your craftsmanship, and I want for each of you to be proud of the work you’ve done.
Men, husbands, fathers… here’s to becoming masters of our craft! Here’s to spiritual growth!
Author: Dave Lucido