Like Newton, Stand Upon The Shoulders Of Giants

Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” In your exploration of your creativity and spiritual gifts, you will need to stand upon the shoulder of giants. You will rely heavily on instruction, and mentoring for you to achieve your own potential. This seems like commonsense advice, but the nature of creativity and spiritual gifts might fool someone into thinking that they don’t need the help or assistance of others. This is not correct. When you leverage existing knowledge, you will be able to take the next step and accomplish more than those who came before you.

Consider the story of Sarah, a talented musician who aspired to compose symphonies that would move hearts. She possessed remarkable musical talent, yet she was reluctant to seek guidance. In her quest to create the perfect masterpiece, she neglected the teachings of experienced composers. It was only when she humbled herself, sought mentorship, and learned from those who had walked the path before her that her compositions reached new heights. The prophet Eli advised Samuel. Gamaliel, Ananias, and others all coached Apostle Paul. Isaac Newton took pre-existing ideas and ran with them.

No matter the nature of your gifting, you require tutelage like everyone else. Galatians 4:1-2 makes it clear that a wise father appoints human teachers to instruct his children for a season. Even if your argument is that your teachers are not gifted, or that they have not achieved the things you want to achieve, it does not mean that you cannot be coached by such people. Embrace the wisdom and guidance of those who have gone before you, for it is through their insights that you can unlock the full potential of your creativity and spiritual gifts.

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