The Craft.

Zaldy Infante

Melbourne, Australia

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1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Janice Elsheimer. The Creative Call.

Our gifts are not from God to us, but from God through us to the world. When we fail to use these gifts, we suffer the same way a person accustomed to regular physical activity may feel pent up, out of sorts, and off-balance after going for several days without exercise. When we try to live without exercising our artistic gifts, we may feel restless and empty. Life lacks fullness. Something buried deep within longs to emerge.

Job wrote, “For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst. I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply” (Job 32:18-20). If we have neglected to develop and use the talents God has given us, we feel incomplete, unfulfilled, unfinished, even depressed. We are “like new wineskins ready to burst.” We devour books, we travel, we acquire possession, or we busy ourselves in relationships and careers. We engage in diversions of all kinds in an attempt to find that elusive thing called fulfillment. We spend our time and energy in a fruitless search to “find ourselves” instead of finding out how God wants us to use the talents he has given us.

I believe that creatively gifted people spend a disproportionate amount of time and money in psychotherapy because they haven’t spent enough time practicing their art. Although the healing value of counseling should not be underestimated, sooner of later, once we’ve done all the work of looking into the past and trying to understand how we arrived where we are in life, we inevitably come face to face with ourselves and with God. In the end we come to know this. We can’t do a thing about the past, but to some extent we can and do have control over the present.

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