Recover Your Calling

In Inspiration by Kristen Dalton Wolfe3 Comments

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Creativity is seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.” Michelle Shea

I started reading this fantastic book called The Artist’s Way, an interactive guide to restoring your creativity. I was hesitant to start reading it because I didn’t consider myself to be a creative or an artist. But once I delved into the pages, I realized my reason to read it.

As a child, I was extremely imaginative. I dreamed up elaborate stories and visions and wrote them in my journal. I sang around the house non-stop (and still do). I loved to dance and perform in theatrical productions, but once middle and high school came, the breaking down of free-spirited creativity joined it. Throughout the exercises and assignments in this book, my eyes were opened to the rejections, the failures, the insults from teachers, the times I was overlooked for a solo, or placed in a dance company with girls who were 5 years younger and 5 inches shorter than me. I realized these were the reasons I had quietly bowed out of identifying myself as a singer, a dancer, a writer, an actor, and a creative.

But the injustices or embarrassments that are inflicted on us in childhood is not from God. And it doesn’t mean those harsh words that someone seared into you is the truth. God is the ultimate Creator and He designed us, fully equipped with life-giving gifts that make our hearts soar. But sometimes society tells us, “stop, don’t do that, you’re not any good at it, it’s stupid, it won’t make any money, there is too much competition, take the safe route, make good grades, get a corporate job, etc.” But God placed those gifts, vivid imaginations, and passions in our hearts for a reason. They lit up our worlds with wonder as children. They are slivers of His image placed inside you. The purpose is so he can co-create a wonderful plan with you that will expand the Kingdom, bringing heaven to earth.

I am still recovering from the childhood wounds that impacted my artistic self. But, I have learned to identify the lies (injustices by people) and discern the truth (Word of God). I realize God didn’t put us here to float through life by going the safe or easy route. If we are still breathing, our life’s mission is not complete. I took a leap of faith, and started writing the thoughts in my heart in a blog form. It has steadily turned into a greater vision dedicated to empowering women.

God will use your faithfulness and the creativity he breathed into your DNA and bring something beautiful to life. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Luke 16:10. If you have been hiding and masking the things that made your heart soar, maybe it’s time to tap back into them. When I started writing again, it released a new-found fire in me that is so rewarding at the end of the day. It is never too late for restoration or a new beginning with the power of God on your side.

Here are some questions from The Artist’s Way that helped me recover the creative girl God made me to be:

1. I don’t do it much, but I enjoy…
2. If I could lighten up a little, I’d let myself…
3. If it weren’t too late, I’d…
4. If it didn’t sound so crazy, I’d write or make a…
5. My parents think artists are…
6. My God thinks artists are…
7. Learning to trust myself is probably…

Describe 5 traits you liked in yourself as a child.
List 5 childhood accomplishments.
Now list 5 people you secretly admire. What traits do these people have that you can cultivate further in yourself?

Start with one small thing that scares you and see what door opens. For me, it was writing down what I would do if it weren’t too late. I didn’t want to deal with regret; shoving it under the rug seemed much better. But revealing and dealing with our hurts, anger and heartbreak can be the key that unlocks your greatest artwork. The injustices of this world shouldn’t mark you, the call of God should.

Comments

  1. bruce nahin

    So true..in my mentoring visits so often i hear the things you spoke of..doubts discouragment..i try and remind them that they are daughters(or sons) of the living God and that they like Joshua needs to step into their version of the raging Jordan..need to step into their destiny..Good word Kristen

  2. caramelsarajo

    I have this book. I need to finish reading it. I do believe it is important to use our God given talents. A lot of people say mean things because of their own insecurities and try to pass them off as love or truth, but we have to recognize their true origin and continue to use our talents to honor God.

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