instructionsI have a confession. It may make me look a little nerdy to some of you but I love to build models. Yes 50 years old and I can still get lost for hours building little plastic cars. It’s a hobby and a diversion. When life gets a little too stressful, I go down in my basement and start to put one together. It relaxes me, (of course maybe that’s the glue fumes.)

Seriously, I think what makes it relaxing is there is no pressure and there are carefully laid out instructions. Without those instructions, half the pieces would be left in the box. There is still a fair amount of artistry in doing it right, but there is guidance in the form of instructions.

For me, art is sort of the opposite of that. People ask me from time to time if I give lessons. For the record, I would love to do that, but it’s really hard. I may be able to teach you some basic skills, color theory, etc. but how do you teach something that is so instinctive and subjective? I don’t know. The secret to making art is authentically expressing what is going on inside you and how you experience the world and the only one who can really do that is you.

Seth Godin agrees. In his masterpiece book, Linchpin, Godin writes:
“Here’s the truth you have to wrestle with: the reason that art (writing, engaging, leading, all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map. Don’t you hate that? I love that there’s no map.”

It’s true, anything in life can be a work of art, if you are willing to walk away from the map, burn the instructions and do it from the heart. Maybe our lives are the work of art we create. Maybe we need to give up on all the way everybody else does it and live creatively. What if we gave up on the status quo and started to live guided by our hearts informed by God and His Word? bWhat if those are the only instructions that matter? What kind of life would that make?

Go and live a masterpiece life.

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