The Practice of Expert by Brenda J Wood
I have come across more than one baker who never shared the correct recipe. Oh, they will write out the ingredients, but they leave out an essential, like baking powder. They want to be the only expert in their puny field. (Luke 14:10)
Over time, we learn not to trust that so-called expert. The same is true of every area in life, from politics to writing, baking to raising children. The expert might have lots of knowledge, but if they don’t share that information, they are failures.
An expert has certain responsibilities. A true expert shares what they know. They are humble in attitude and behaviour. They have respect for others. They do not place themselves at the head of the table and rule the rest of us with their secrets.
Have you explained to your neighbour how to get rid of that centre seam in her quilt and where to buy the best bologna—or how to stay alive in a pandemic?
Writers, in particular, seem willing to share what they know. Just drop a question to the most famous of writers, and then watch for wise answers to pour in.
We keep not silent. It is not our way. So, today I ask you where you are an expert. Should you be writing your expertise about childcare, vacations abroad, or one-act plays?
Where is your field of knowledge? Are you writing in your correct genre? I tried to write all kinds of things, but now I can say with certainty that I am not a science fiction scribbler or a holistic medical fiend!
We are all expert at something. Practice in all areas so that you get used to the job at the top. If someone calls you to teach at a conference because you are an “expert,” you will be ready.
Practice the art of expert in every way possible. Write it. Talk it. Whisper it. Your expertise must be passed on. Otherwise, you are no expert. You are a dog in the manger, hoarding your little bits so that others must revere you and beg for your truths.
“No one after he has lighted a lamp covers it with a vessel or puts it under a [dining table] couch; but he puts it on a lamp stand, that those who come in may see the light” (Luke 8:16 AMPC).