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Grace Note for December 1, 2015

At a party, there was a jam session of musicians, a mandolin, two guitars and a piano. They sang songs for an hour. There's nothing like singing to bring people together.

Afterwards, two strangers at the party struck up a conversation. The young woman said, “I can't sing.”

“Everybody sings,” the man replied, “just like everybody can draw, or write, or be creative.” “Hmmm,” she said accusatorily, “what do you do for work?”

He answered “I'm a writer.” She said, “Oh, I want to be a writer, but I'm waiting for inspiration.”

One famous author wrote, “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” The secret of writing, or of any art - sculpture, painting, or singing - is - don't wait for inspiration, just get to work. Inspiration comes in work. The idea that creativity comes first just doesn't work.

Action precedes creativity. It's true with faith, too. If you're waiting to feel inspired by God before you're willing to believe, then believe me, you'll wait a long time. If you want to have faith, first, act like it—read the scriptures, go to church, commune, spend time in prayer.

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