My mom is a fabulous artist. She creates such absolutely beautiful paintings and drawings. One of my favorite sketches of hers is a rose that she quickly just threw together on paper. In what seemed like a matter of seconds, she created this gorgeous rose that I couldn’t have drawn if my life depended on it! My uncle is the same way, he can paint and draw very well also, but his true talent lies in creating furniture. He has made some really amazing pieces including a few unique chairs that are actually sold in furniture stores.
I however, do not have an artistic bone in my body. That artistic ability must have skipped a generation. I have taken art class after art class and just can’t seem to get it right. I even bought a fancy easel, good brushes and the paint to go with it, and still have yet to create my masterpiece. My true passion and talent is in music. I absolutely love to sing. In fact, there’s an ongoing joke in the chapel about just how much I love to sing. I will sing in the shower, in the car, to my baby girl, to the cat, to just about anybody or anything that will listen. It is something that I have loved for as long as I can remember.
We all have different gifts, talents and abilities, we have to learn to use the gifts we are given instead of the gifts we wish we had. As much as I’d love for it to happen, I know I will never be an artist who will reach people through my beautiful paintings. I’ve had to learn to use my own gift to reach people and that is through my voice, I joined the local church choir and absolutely loved it, I loved the feeling I got when I stood up on stage and sang my little heart out! I imagine that is the feeling an artist gets when they create a stunning work of art.
What about you? What are your gifts? Are you embracing the gifts you were given? I encourage you to take some time this week to think or pray about the talents you have and how you can use them to reach other people. Maybe ask your family or friends to identify the gifts they see in you. They just might point out things you don’t see in yourself. They may point out your patience, your voice, your kind heart or maybe they will point out your wonderful sense of humor. Whatever the gift you are blessed with, use it to help other people. Use your sense of humor to put a smile on someone’s face. You never know how much a smile or a laugh can change someone’s day. Don’t let another minute pass, celebrate who you are!