We are so blessed that God gave each and every one of us a gift to be shared. A gift is not just when someone is given the creativity to draw or paint or sculpt. A gift is when we possess something unique that when we project it out into the world, it makes a difference in someone’s life. It is a gift if only we impact one life! I have had people look at me squarely and say they wished they had a gift and that God did not bless them with such. What they do not know is they have impacted my life in such a profound way and that, yes, they have a gift that I could not possess if I practiced it my whole life.
I may be able to paint (on some days) but I couldn’t teach a first grade class if my life depended on it. I couldn’t manage a team of workers and feel good about it. I don’t have the gift of affirming and lifting up others but I’d give my two front teeth (darling) to. I continue to pray about that. I am beginning to recognize a gift as something that comes natural to us, not a burden. It is something that fills our hearts and those around us. It is easy for us and delightful for them. You can tell when you get a groove on and when it is right and that it should be passed on with love. It is meant to be.
I was invited to participate in the publication of a book called 100 Midwest Artists by Ashley Rooney several years ago. It was an honor they considered me. I just received the copy in the mail today and am quite humbled to be sitting on the same pages as many of these artists.
I’d like to share a sampling of a few of the artists who have the gift of expression in paint, pastel, bronze and the like. Please enjoy!
4 responses to “Open Your Gift”
Hey Karen..I have really enjoyed your blog! This one really struck me, I agree, I think everyone has a gift, but I definitely think not everybody is lucky enough to find it or to use it. I hope more people will start to think about their impact on the world and how important they are in God’s grand plan. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us! Xo Missi Kelpis
It has truly been a bright spot in my day to stop and read your blog! Such a a gift to me….. We never know when the smallest thing we do might make a difference for someone else. I can’t wait to see 100 Artists of the Midwest book. It comes out on our anniversary and will be one of our gifts to each other.
Thanks Cindy! If you ever have any ideas to add, please do!
Breath taking work! I, for one, am not surprised that you were invited to be a part of this collection! The work you have displayed at/for St. Elizabeth Seton parish is amazing!