by Jason Miller, Teaching Pastor
I'm beginning to think that mastery is a myth. Or at least that the idea of mastery is tied to a myth or two that aren't helping us.
This has been on my mind because I'm nearing the completion of a master's degree in theology, and I will in no way be a master of theology. I know more than I did when I began the degree program several years ago. But mostly I know, now more than ever, how little I know. It's more than humbling. It's annoying.
I do think there is such a thing as mastery (although in fields like theology, I'm not sure how one ever attains an objective sense that they've achieved it). That's not the myth. Malcolm Gladwell says 10,000 hours of practice can make you a master at something, so I suppose practicing an hour a day, everyday, for 27 years, could make you a master. Rather, the idea of mastery leads us to a couple of other myths: we're all too likely to think we're a master when we're not, and we're all too likely to think we need to be a master when we don't.
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