A little inspiration for when you feel like everyone else is good at everything else.
I’ve discovered something new about myself recently, I greatly dislike painting.
I love to watch artists paint (Bob Ross anyone?) and I enjoy viewing their finished work, but I do not like painting myself.
As a child, I remember admiring my mother’s big beautiful paint set (that I wasn’t allowed to touch) and dreaming of someday owning a beautiful paint set of my own when I grew up.
A couple of weekends ago I broke out that dreamed of paint set with the intent of painting a beautiful masterpiece, or at least something worthy of framing in our home.
I couldn’t find my watercolor paints, so I found an easy tutorial online on how to turn acrylic paint into watercolor paint.
I then watched a simple tutorial for beginners on how to paint flowers and I set about destroying several pieces of paper.
After a while I realized my forehead was furrowed, I was getting a headache and my “art” (if that’s what you want to call it) was a pathetic array of scrawlings more akin to a child’s attempt at water coloring with their fingers.
What was supposed to be a fun and relaxing afternoon of developing a new hobby ended with a counter covered in paint and a disposition of frustration and discontentment.
Now I know that learning the technique of painting takes time and effort.
While some people are born with this talent, others spend years of practice fine-tuning their technique.
But my goodness, the level of stress it gave me was not worth the effort or physical pain that painting gave me.
At that moment I realized something, it’s ok that I am a horrible painter and that the art of painting (excuse my pun) isn’t my forte.
I can be horrible at some things, fair at most things, and great at just a few things.
And guess what? My value as an individual and a child of God doesn’t decrease or lose any value depending on what I am good at!
With the never-ending growth of social media it can feel daunting to keep up with every trend, hobby, and talent that your old high school best friend is showing off this week online.
And again, I understand that many people work hard at their talents to grow and develop them.
I’m so glad that they did!
I love admiring the talents of others.
The world would be a very dull place if we all had the same talent.
But it’s so important to remember that we don’t all have to be good at everything.
God has given each one of us a set of talents that He hopes we will develop for His glory and for the greater good.
And while finding or fine-tuning your talents can sound like a childhood pep talk that you use to get from your parents or teachers, it’s something we should be continuing to do as adults.
We only stop growing artistically, intellectually, physically, and spiritually when we stop pushing ourselves to work harder and be better (Mathew 25:14-30).
If we can remember that we don’t have to be the best at everything, we will be better able to focus on growing the talents that God placed in us before we were even born (1 Peter 4:10).
I’ve always loved writing, but growing up I never felt like a good writer.
I was always comparing my writing to those of my classmates that I felt were leaps and bounds better than me.
Even after I started my blog I knew that my writing was sub-par.
But writing was, and is, something I’ve always enjoyed, so I kept working at it.
And while I wouldn’t say that I’m an amazing writer, I love writing and I find it both relaxing and therapeutic for myself.
I’ve found that my relationship with God has grown and my marriage has improved through the process of expressing my thoughts on paper (well virtual paper).
While I know I will forever have grammatical errors in my writing and I will never be a best selling author, I know that God has given me the desire to write.
And if I’m truly being brave I may dare to say that writing is one of my God-given talents.
Not a talent meant for bolstering myself, but a talent designed for sharing His love, and the little lessons He is teaching me on a daily basis, on my blog (like this one).
It can be easy to look online and see a plethora of other people’s talents and feel inadequate ourselves.
The reality is that you have your own array of talents, some you may know about, and others that are just on the cusp of being developed into something amazing.
We simply need to take a step back and say a prayer for guidance as we seek to continue developing our God-given talents to glorify and honor Him (Romans 12:6-8).
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With love, Giusti
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12:6-8 NKJV