So late last evening our host shared a youtube clip by the piano guys called, “Beethoven’s 5 secrets” It’s starts with a quote attributed to Beethoven, “I Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into it’s secrets. For it and knowledge raise men to the Divine.”
I think I would word that differently, but maybe not… Is the “art” that we practice actually our spiritual gift? If so then this is so true! I believe that the deep purpose of our gifts is to draw all those who witness us moving in them up to the Divine. And whether your gift is some in the creative arts or in hospitality or whatever, perfecting your craft is a worthy pursuit isn’t it? Aren’t there secrets to learn about how to move in who we are? Not to get good at what we do… but to elevate… to touch the Divine.
That line gave me pause. I struggle finding value in my “art”. To me it is immature and sloppy. In some ways I think I am barking up the wrong tree. Calling one thing my “art” when it is really something totally different. Hmmm something to ponder
So this morning was interesting as well. Our host for the night had left early. We were packing to leave and he returned unexpectedly. Not sure why, but God said, “listen up” and so I listened.
He was talking about business and how his company was taking a new approach. They sought to choose the one thing that they did well… and to offer only that as their service. That meant they were willing to say to their customers that they were not the right company for them. They started booking only projects that were a good match to their skill set. I know that only makes sense right? But how many times do we try to turn ourselves into pretzels in order to accomplish what we are not good at?
So God how does that relate to me? It seems to reflect back to Beethoven’s quote, “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into it’s secrets.” But I don’t know exactly why.