The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. (Emile Zola, 19th century French novelist)

We are so blessed to enjoy the giftedness of artists of all kinds. We enjoy their paintings, their literary efforts, their thespian activity, and many other talents. We sometimes speak of “hidden talents.” What a shame if we are gifted but don’t use that gift—not only for our own joy in expression but for the benefit of many who will witness the results.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. (1 Peter 4:10)