While I hope it’s apparent that I want to encourage you in your creative endeavors, there’s so much more to it than that!
Let’s use the example of drawing. My natural artistic ability is photography; I guess it always has been. However, I so admire those that can draw and have their work turn out as they intended. I would like to draw. In fact, there are many things I’d like to create and having the ability to use pens, pencils, and markers well would help me to that end. However, I’ve always felt that’s a talent for other people – not attainable to me. There’s a stirring within my creative spirit to try, to develop my skills to match the seeds of creativity planted deep within my soul. Why? I do not know the answer to that as of now, but its one that doesn’t go away. Not being able to draw has made me feel “less than” as an artist, which I know is ridiculous since there are so many forms of art.
I bet you’re asking where does faith and the Lord come into all of this? In everything we do, we are to do it for Him. What if as I walk through this process of developing my drawing skills, I learn more about myself? Discoveries He wanted just for me? What if I gain an even better understanding of His love, care, and guidance through the process? Who’s to say that the lessons here don’t come in handy when He calls me to something greater? I guess what I am trying to say is that I believe He will use anything to draw us closer to Him, we only need to be open to the possibilities.
Sharing this little experience is also an exercise in humility. Here is a photo of my very first attempt at doodling silly faces! Honestly, it is the first time I’ve tried to draw in this manner – free hand and just making simple little strokes. Hey, at least we can tell they are silly little faces!
So my friends, what is one little skill you’ve always felt was out of your reach?
Not because the Lord has guided you elsewhere, but because you just believed that was unattainable for you?
Are you sure about that?
Here’s what I learned in the last twelve hours, which included a full nights sleep – just try. Instead of listening to the voice that says “ha ha not, you not ever”, just give it a shot, let it go, relax, have a little fun, and place it in God’s hands.
I have no idea if and when I will ever be pleased with my drawing abilities, but I am pleased with the freedom this morning of not thinking this is something I will never be able to do. It was an act of faith to put the pencil to the page and lean into something greater than myself, to block the voice that mocked me, and just have a little fun with it. I mean come on now, they are kind of cute. 😉
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