My first writing mentor was author Madeleine L’Engle. I discovered her work at the library. Her book Walking on Water: Reflections of Faith and Art sent me off on a writing journey with God’s wisdom and blessing. Here’s my favorite quote:
To paint a picture or to write a story or to compose a song is an incarnational activity. The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birth giver. In a very real sense the artist should be like Mary who, when the angel told her that she was to bear the Messiah, was obedient to the command. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.”
Whatever your creative passion is about, so will you find God in the midst of it.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians, “Each of us has been given his gift, his due portion of Christ’s bounty.”
God calls us to be true to ourselves and live in freedom, taking God’s gifts and running with them, with all of our heart and strength. This has nothing to do with qualifications and everything to do with who we are, what we’re passionate about, and what we carry within us.
Be free to be you. Your art is as unique as your fingerprints. Your specific call and promises God has given you are your portion from Him, from His bounty. If you are following the Lord with all of your heart, then your talents and skills, interests, fascinations, all such things that draw you and take up your attention, become part of God’s invitation to partner with Him.
Here are a few guidelines to help you realize and express the creative dreams God has for you. Be comfortable being you. Humility is being yourself in an unselfconscious way. Children are humble because they can run naked and free without a thought about themselves. Being naked isn’t the same as being humble, but being transparent is. Don’t hide yourself from God or anyone else. Be authentic.
Do not compare yourself to anyone else. Be thankful for being you. You have the fire of God’s love in you and it will be expressed your unique ways. Obey the Lord when He needs you, when He prompts you, when He corrects you, regardless of the consequences. Believe what He shows you, asks of you, imparts to you. Only believe.
Just as Jesus said so often to people in the Scriptures, so He says to you: “Be it done according you your faith.” Write to your heart’s content for God. He’s with you!