Art is obviously my favorite way to express myself. We all have some unique gift God gave us. And usually it isn’t a choice, it is just simply what must be done.
It can be easy to ignore our gifts though, shove them away to a “better” time.
You know how sometimes you are at home, you hear the doorbell or the knock. But you stop, you are comfy on the couch. You consider, “Can they tell I am home? Can I ignore them?” Or maybe you peek out a peephole or out the window. Is it some solicitor to wave away? Someone you close your eyes, sigh, and open up anyway? Sometimes we do that with our gifts. We ignore them for when we “have more time” and instead do the “bread and butter” necessary things.
And then sometimes, we hear a knock and it is someone you are overjoyed to see. You open the door wide and welcome them whole heartedly. Maybe you were expecting them, maybe it is a surprise. Sometimes the timing isn’t what you thought. But you answer the knock because you know it is the right thing to do.
So why don’t we do that with our talents? You know, those spiritual gifts God gave us. He didn’t create all of us to just make money or control everything in sight. He didn’t intend for us to sit on the couch and ignore them, or peep out but walk away, or even sigh and acknowledge them, but only if necessary.
He created us to connect. To spread His gospel. To love on each other. To answer the knock from our very souls and get on with it. And the best part? Is when you ANSWER He does super cool things. Things you never imagined.
Ms. O’Keefe (one of my favorite artists by the way) says it perfectly. There were so many things I didn’t know I could say, things that were bottled up, just ready to explode. And when I did, I ended up with over 400 pieces of art so far. I think I had a lot to say. I think God had a lot to say through me.
What is Jesus going to say through you? What is your talent? Have you answered the knock to bake? to dance? to write a book? teach a class? open a studio? to reach out to different people? Some of you have. (Wink, wink to my girlies I just called out, you know who you are–so proud of all you answering the knock!) Or maybe you are still peeping out the window.
Do it. Answer the knock. It is your soul. It is your destiny.
I leave you with this, one of my all time favorite Disney characters: