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PREFACE


There can be little written about Christian calling that would not be founded in the Word of God. As Christian artists, we can say that this would be particularly true. As God is the creator, we are privileged to create as well - but certainly not as originators, but as witnesses of all things that were, are or may be hoped for by Him. In that sense we are messengers with distinct and defined responsibilities and guideline.


In Deu. 14:22, one of these is specified. "Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth every year.


There are those of us who believe that, in a large measure, we are shaped with certain given capabilities; that we have in us "seeds" that predispose us; even before conception. To be harvested as a product inherent in our giftedness. It is also true that in our development we are impacted by the many investments (seeds) that others have planted in us that connect to our basic nature and design.


We have, at the same time, a chosen path - chosen by God and a choice as to whether we follow it in faith. We are promised in Psa. 16: 11, "Thou wilt show me the path of life; in the presence is fullness of joy - at the right hand (there are) pleasures everywhere". The rewards are clear.


Purpose is what we search for most in our lifetimes. We may find it and lose it several times. Some seeds seem to be annuals - fruitful for only a season. Some are perennial because they have been recognized and watered - a lasting beauty in His garden. Eph. 1:11 shares, "In whom also we have obtained in inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the council of his own will".


This book suggests that not only our own will is often a barrier to finding reason and purpose, but also a lack of belief that purpose has already been established in us. We, in the arts, may choose life with a gift already fashioned for completion and delivery to those around us, or one where we let it remain undeveloped and undelivered. We may further believe that our gift may not even be our lives work, but it may well be the thing that makes our LIFE work.

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