Virtuous vs. Virtuoso


   For those of us Renaissance types, sticking to one thing can become an arduous task.  We all aspire to be accomplished at something, or to at least try to make a difference with our lives.  However, the difficulty lies in finding what exactly it is that we are aspiring to.  For some of us, who are very focused and driven people, it’s easy to discover that one thing you’re good at and honing in on it.   But for the rest of us, “Jacks of all Trades”  if you will, hopping from one thing to the next is in our nature.

When we look at scripture, We have been given a blueprint of a virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10-31.  And, you can’t get much more Renaissance than that.  These are just a few of her talents:  She cooks, buys land, sells goods, gardens, sews, trades goods, is physically fit, volunteers, is hospitable, teaches, and manages her household.  No wonder she doesn’t seem to have time to turn off her lamp at night.  She is definitely a hard worker, and has more skills than most of us could claim, and yet her husband and children do not praise her for all that.  Did you hear me?  It’s not all that we do in this life that counts; but how we exemplify Christ in what we do that counts!  Sure, we know “Idleness is the devil’s workshop.”  But verse thirty sums up what should be our focus, “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

For me, it’s been a constant juggling act, to keep myself focused on what’s important in life.  In fact, God has really been speaking to me about just “sticking to the one thing” (songwriting), instead of all those other distractions.  Don’t get me wrong, some of those distractions are good.  For example, Bible study is crucial, household chores need to be done,  caring for my children is necessary.  But, there are other things that can get in the way, like learning a foreign language, playing three instruments, arts and crafts, social surfing, reading 5 books at once, Yeah! you get the idea.  God has helped me to focus in on my songwriting, so that I can do one thing, and do it well.  Because, I do want to be virtuous; but, I also want to be a virtuoso.  I want that specialized skill that with years of practice and hard work will please God and give Him the glory in the end.  I Corinthians 10:31 says, So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  So remember, when you’re evaluating yourself,  find that one craft that God intended for you to become His craftsmanship, and “stick to it.” 

CHALLENGE:  Spend at least 30 minutes a day perfecting your craft (songwriting, etc.), and see what a difference that makes.

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