Scripture tells me that instructing a wise man will make him wiser still; that teaching a righteous man will add to his learning. I want to be a wise man that adds to my learning and one thing I’ve discovered in using art as an expression of faith is the need to hone my artistic skills, improve my God-given talents and continuously work at perfecting my craft; to use whatever gifts I have received to serve others and faithfully administer God’s grace in its various forms.
This means that I have a personal responsibility to be a good steward of the gifts God has poured over me, to nurture them and groom them and be prepared to use them for His Glory. As a result, I am continuously working to improve my crafts. So, how do I do that? Well I invest time and energy in my education of these crafts. I attend conferences. I join and participate in associations. I network with other artists to learn from their experience, strength and hope. I hobnob with those who share my passion for the arts. I attend other artist’s events and look for what works and what doesn’t work. I read. I take lessons. I watch. I listen. I practice.
I do all of these things in my effort to be a good steward of my God-given talents and therefore a vessel He can use, and all of these things require an investment of my time and energy in addition to God’s blessing.
What are you doing to perfect your craft? Write me and let me know.