February 28, 2021

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Craftsmanship

 Craftmanship deals with the level at which one executes a given skill/talent.  In recent years, more emphases has been placed on "process" and less on the final project.  Though I do feel the process is extremely important, one can not abandoned good craftmanship.  If the craftmanship is neglected, people may miss or misinterpret the intent of the work.  Though the artist might gain some catharsis from the experience, the viewer is left with little to gain understanding/insight to the artist's work. Craftsmanship is up for interpretation, but it is something the artist will grow in/develop as they pursue their art making. It is an ongoing, life long process.   Ideas, process, and craftsmanship are all important pieces to art. 

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ,  God forgave you.  

Ephesians 4:29-32

When we begin walking with the Lord....there are often times that our lives do not match up with the truths we profess.  There may be times that our hearts & minds embrace jealousy, anger, or pride instead of the things of God & the fruits of the Spirit.  We are a work in progress.  As we spend time in God's Word, in prayer, fellowship with other believers, and living out our faith...our hearts, minds, words, & deeds become closer aligned.  There is a refinement that takes place as we gain a deeper understanding of what God has done for us.  We no longer want things that might distract or deter others from seeing the love of God in our lives & how it has transformed us from the inside out.  It is the "craftsmanship" of the Christian life.  This is truly an ongoing....LIFE LONG...process.  

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