Honing Your Craft

I do not believe for a second that there is such a thing as a talentless person. There has never been one occasion that I have heard of or talked to someone who, after coming out of the conversation, I could say the person had no giftings. However, there is such a thing as having potential and never diving into the water deep enough to hone your ability. For whatever reason, you’ve been honored with a gifting – whether it be a natural music inclination, stewardship of your household, or even a talent for spreading joy with your contagious smile.

Every talent should have it's chance to be honed. (photo by sunshinecity)

Every talent should have it’s chance to be honed. (photo by sunshinecity)

As many religious analogies have suggested, such as the Parable of the Talents in Christianity, without honing your talents or zeroing in on them in an effort to grow and become better, those talents or giftings will virtually be of no use. In fact, in the Parable of the Talents, the man who kept the one talent instead of investing in it was basically condemned by the master who gave it to him for not unspoken investing purposes. It is, in any part of life, unjust to not blossom and bloom where you are gifted.

For example, believe it or not – I absolutely don’t enjoy writing. Yet, not only is it my job but I have received awards for it and have been told how others dream of me pursuing a career in journalism or at the very least communications. However – that is not and has never been my dream. I do, however, understand that writing will be my way into the world. It will be my method of getting where I want to go in life. But that’s not why I should hone my talent – that’s not why I don’t find this job mundane. Writing is a gifting that I have been blessed with. My motivation for pursuing this talent of mine is different. I understand I can reach an audience for a greater good.

Of course, it’s not easy to convert your talent into something you dislike into something you enjoy. With anything, a substantial amount of hard work, dedication, and motivation have to be present simultaneously so as to achieve a “full effect.” To help you out, I’ve scoured the internet for help. I’ve found two links that I found particularly useful: one being 99u’s “Call of the Wild: Jack London’s Advice on Honing Your Craft,” the other being redlemonclub’s “15 Reasons to Stay Focused On Developing Your Craft.”

Point is, you all have a talent. Perhaps even more than one. But it is useless unless you do something with it. Unless you realize the potential you have through it. Would child prodigies be child prodigies without zeroing in on their craft? Or for that matter, finding it? Chances are, no. Not at all. I’m not saying you’re going to have the ease and the brilliance of a child prodigy. You’re going to have to work for it. You’re going to have to develop a passion for it, so you can use it for a greater purpose – whether or not that purpose is clear just yet.

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One comment on “Honing Your Craft
  1. Alex Mathers says:

    Honoured to be mentioned on the site. Great post, thank you!

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