Been reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. One of the points that he makes is that you don’t generally become really good at something until you’ve done it for at least 10,000 hours. I was reflecting on that regarding preaching… and I could not agree more.
All the theorizing, the books, the listening to sermons of ‘the experts’… nothing replaces just preaching and preaching and preaching. When I first got into preaching, I preached absolutely any chance I got. Rest homes, small groups, groups of 3-4… even if the audience itself was not seemingly ‘worth the effort’ I put into it (I remember times spending hours preparing a sermon, driving 3+ hours to go preach it, and then having an audience of 11 people all who looked like they were over the age of 100), I realize it was good for me just in terms of having the chance to preach. Actual preaching helps you learn yourself, how an audience works, how to organize thoughts… so just go do it!
As Gladwell might say, you’re not any good until you hit 10,000 hours. I hope to be hitting that soon.
For whatever it’s worth, that’s another reason I blog. I don’t really care if anyone reads it or not (actually, I do, I’m just making a point :)) Writing helps me process and think. The more I write the better I get… so when I have an opportunity to write an article or book and it really counts, I’ve put in a lot of my 10,000 hours here on this blog. And some of you have put in 10,000 hours reading blogs, so you should be a pretty dang good reader by now.