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!