Nowhere in the preserved books written by great men do we read that life is an easy proposition. It is based on love, creativity and hard work, and one must dedicate his God-given being to all these pursuits, with hard work at the forefront without which we cannot know the true meaning of creativity, born of love.

Think of the life of Christ, how much He had to sweat and sacrifice to achieve a moment of teaching, to share with the peoples of this world the mysteries of God’s glory, and it had to be done through the discipline of hard work, for that is the channel through which love is expressed in creativity.

Just as the newborn must learn to be creative on his own with his toys, through the hard work of frustration, screams and tears if necessary, so the man, through his hard work, must aggressively seek those moments of creativity through the art, not necessarily of his choice, but the one in which he has the most God-given talent even if for purposes which he may not fully understand or appreciate. But he must work just as hard at the creative art as he does at the profession through which he earns a living, his daily bread, equally an expression of his God-given talents and for its own good purpose.

Therefore, we can only hope and pray that the profession and creative art by which we employ our talents are truly pleasing to God and in accordance with His will.

And if we write that book, if we build that house, if we plant that tree, and if we have an earthly son, and he sees what we are doing, may he become an imitator of us if our efforts are in harmony with God’s will and if he willingly deems our efforts worthwhile, and so not only an imitator of us, but one who can take the creative spark, however feeble and humble, but so sincerely and passionately handed down to him, and run with it, so to speak, and explore and express deeper depths of creativity, pleasing to God and according to His will, so that the soul of the child become man can draw closer to the glory of God than we ever dreamed possible.

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