Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. I Peter 4:10
I love decorating blogs. Truly, I do. I could sit for hours gazing at all the lovely creations and beautiful rooms. I sincerely appreciate the “eye” and the skill God has bestowed on some people, and also the fact that they so willingly share their gift with others.
But I have to be careful. If I happen to visit a decorating blog on a hormonal day or when I’m tired or when I’m already headed for a pity party, things can go downhill quickly. One look around my house and a big red stamp imprints on my mind, “Inadequate!”
Decorating is not my thing. Oh, I want it to be, but it’s always been a challenge and I simply don’t possess the natural knack. If I allow it, that fact can get me down, make me feel like I’m missing an essential feminine trait, or feel like I’m a failure.
That’s when I have to remind myself that God gifted me differently. I’m a writer, not a decorator.
This reminds me of an experience a writer friend had years ago. She went to a concert and listened to outstanding singers. Later she complained to God, “Why can’t I sing? Those people sing so beautifully and I can’t even carry a tune.” God reminded her that He could have given her a lovely singing voice too, but then she wouldn’t be a writer. When she thought about writing and how much she loved it she realized that she would never, ever want to forfeit her precious gift to be a better singer.
We are all unique. We are all gifted differently. Comparing two vastly different gifts isn’t wise, but neither is comparing two writing gifts. Even among writers we have all been given a different instrument to play and an original tune. Each of us is most beautiful when we are using our gift, however humble or simple, to serve others.
January 15, 2010
Labels: Encouragement for Writers