Do Life Skills Become More or Less Important?

What is a life skill?     This could include a lot of things including hobbies, job skills, natural skills, education, life experiences and special training.    Skills, generally speaking, are abilities that we accure and learn over time. Sometimes a formal education is involved but many times we learn skills from others. As we age, I believe that these become even more important.

When we have children at home and we are making a living, these things are very important in providing food, clothing, transportation and housing for us and our families.  We use our life skills to make a living.  As we age, we may become more attractive to employers who are looking for folks like us.

As it pertains to ministry in the church, these skills are more valued, desired and needed and are often sought after.     Some Christians never use life skills in serving others, other than employers.  We need to be using all of these at any age for the good of the kingdom of God; we shouldn’t wait until we are retired to use them for ministry.    However, when retirement comes, which means we usually have more free time, these skills become priceless to the church and to the people we serve.

One of my favorite examples is the late Ken Smith.   Kenny taught me most of what I know in home repair and remodeling.     Kenny not only served me, he also served many in the church.    He could build and repair anything to do with buildings and carpentry including electrical work and plumbing. He could also fix appliances. He helped many older members (especilly widows) and didn’t charge them a dime for his services.

Another favorite example of mine is my late father-in-law, Frank Sadler.  “Pap” could do anything with his hands much like Ken.   However, Pap could tear down an engine, find a problem, fix it and reassemble it and reinstall it.  He would fix things for free and the price of the parts. This was his ministry in his retirement years.   He helped many people and one man, Paul Allen became a Christian because of Pap.

People who have medical experience can go on medical missions, people with accounting experience can help folks with taxes and life planning, people who cook can help with Meals on Wheels, people who love children can teach and read to them, and mechanics can help repair cars for those who can’t afford it and the list goes on.  The list is endless.

Do your life skills become more valuable?    Yes.   I hope that as a steward of all of God’s blessings, you will use your skills for the furtherance and growth of His kingdom.   Trav