Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century American essayist)

Except for the rare child prodigy, no one becomes a concert pianist without long years of learning and practice. The quality of some world-renowned artists’ work was not recognized until after their death. They may have painted for many years before being accomplished enough to earn a living. Success in any endeavor requires practice, determination, and time.

Jesus: “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice” (Luke 11:18).