For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him... Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; …” (Rom 12: 3, 6-8)

I am called to use my gifts today, creating not “ex nihilo” (from nothing), as only our Creator can, but “according to the grace given” to each of us by our Creator. I’m thinking about this truth today, specifically in the context of our artistic gifts, because I’ve been reading a memoir of one of the most important artists of our time, Keith Richards. He talks, profoundly, about creating music from the “black slate” that is “silence.” It’s true, I thought, but I would specify, in the case of our creative work, that the “black slate” is not an empty one, but one full of grace and truth, in its silence.

Today as I approach my work, I take a bit of time to re-connect with its Source, the creative energy of God. May He help me “think with sober judgment,” and “according to the measure of faith which God assigned” me, – and, finally, in gratitude for the gifts of others “that differ according to the grace given to us.”

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