Gifted

My personal motto is “Make every day.”

The older I get, the more I learn about myself. (Oh! Surprise! A gal in her 20’s is self-discovering!) And one thing I have learned in the past few years is that I *need* to be creative- and really often. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Sometimes “making” is just dinner, or I redraw something on my chalkboard, or I whip out a quick little sketch before bed. Just that little bit can make such a difference in my attitude. But on days my “making” is a big project or an in-depth product, I feel so ME and cheerful.

Which makes me remember that God giving us talents is a really big deal. Using those talents (even in the tiniest ways) is a really fun way to feel connected to the Creator. I’ve been trying to be more public about my creative side, lately. It started as a self-promotion/marketing necessity (which is hands-down the WORST part of being self employed) and forced me to take a long look at my desire to be private about what I make. There’s something very vulnerable and weird about displaying your talents. Even me saying that right now makes me feel gross. Calling my creativity a talent? To the Internet? Gross. What if people are like, “uh, if that’s your talent, you’re in trouble” or people think I’m being conceited by saying I have a talent? Ridiculous, self. God gave me this gift. On purpose! He wants me to use it. He wants me to tell people that His gifts are real and good and awesome. I try to pray that I give him glory every day. If that means posting a picture of a thing I made on Instagram, as weird as it is, that can be a small step in the way I worship and say, “thank you God for the gifts you give me.”

And on that note… here is a thing I made. It’s a pretty good summary of all these things I’ve been thinking about lately.

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3 thoughts on “Gifted

  1. Oh Steph, I am RIGHT there with you! It’s especially hard when it’s your BIGGEST desire and passion – for me, that is music. I’ve wanted to be a singer all my life. It’s my biggest dream, and also my biggest fear. I come from a family of musicians and I am married to an incredible musician. And I just sometimes feel like, I will look like I’m trying to “fit in” to other people’s passions. Does that make sense? So I keep it hidden most of the time. My FaceBook feed, twitter, and Instagram accounts don’t reflect music, singing, or learning guitar. And you’re right, in today’s world, these social media sites tell us who a person “is” – whether it’s true or not.

    Thanks so much for posting this – I really needed to read it because it’s something that I’ve been thinking about a LOT lately. Oh, and I think your art is amazing. You ARE an artist, and remember that other people (friends, family, strangers – even your husband) don’t define you. Only God tells you who and what you are. I’m learning this myself:)

    Love,
    Stephanie May*

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