Saturday, 7 March 2015

Gift Exchange by Susan L.

 An anonymous author left the following comment on yesterday's post, "You will be blessed using your gifts for others." Thank you for that blessing. It is most gratefully received.
  It isn't why I did the drawings. I wasn't looking for any sort of recognition or payment either earthly or otherwise. It was simply a matter of using skills honed over the years to fill a need. Which, as I sit here pondering that statement, is really an offering of gratitude for those who provided everything I needed to grow my abilities. May they be blessed!
  Pens, pencils, paper, lots of erasers, crayons, paint, canvas, rulers and school. That's where I mastered the now mostly extinct skills of a graphic artist. It's pretty much all done on computer now. Nevertheless, the skills learned about design and layout are transferable and have helped shape my home and gardens.
  We all have within us a creator who has the ability to take nothing and make it something. The trick is to find our voice, our song that only we can sing. This means setting aside all the "You will never..." comments that cripple us. It means forgiving those who said such harmful things.
  It means taking a chance and trying something. Maybe it's for the first time. Don't give up. The skills will grow over time.
  Every single masterpiece or published book or featured garden in a magazine has a whole boatload of failures behind it. Every single scientific breakthrough is built on what didn't work. I am sure there are great chefs who tossed a smoking dinner in the trash once or twice.
  Go for it!
  "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Gen 1:26-27



  1. You are not expecting reward or praise because you are simply living out Who You Are. Drawing and painting, etc. are just an expression of your True Self.

    We all must find our own way to be what God desires us to be - it may be as simple as loving our children well; or being diligent in sticking with a mundane workplace; or washing dishes with joy; or appreciating the sunshine; or smiling at a stranger. It is not the end result that matters to God... it is the motives of the heart.

    1. Thanks, H, those are fine examples of the gazillion gifts of God.

  2. You are right - one face does look like Woody Allen. Is there a Noah there too??? ha ha. Wow - I wish I could draw like that.

    1. May your wishes come true! There's some awesome how to draw tutorials on the internet. I encourage you to go for it! In all skills everyone begins as a beginner.