Grace Short Meditations: 24. Gifted!
Rom 12:6 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”
“Oh, I’m not creative, I can’t paint or draw or make pottery, I can’t sculpt, I can’t write poetry, I can’t write, I can’t…..” In such ways we deny our creativity, but we are made in the image of a Creator God and in one sense everything that flows from Him to us is a creative expression, something new for the moment, something that wasn’t there ten minutes ago, just its potential.
Supposing I said to you, I want you in the course of this coming day to create a short story for a child say or, perhaps easier, an illustration of, say, how good people can be to one another. It may take you a few seconds, a few minutes or even an hour, but you could do it and when you do it, something exists in your mind (or you might even have written it down), something that wasn’t there yesterday, something that you created. Cook a meal – creativity. Paint a wall – creativity. Ring someone up to encourage them – creativity. Pause and thank God for all the good things you can think of – creativity.
Calling all those who have listened to a snide, mean whisper, “You’re rubbish, you’re useless, you can’t do anything right, God doesn’t love you or care about you.” It’s time to write a “Lies Demolition List”! The only problem, if you have listened to those lies for so long, is you might need help in facing the truth about yourself. If you can do it on your own, so come on, write a list of about ten gifts or abilities you have. Paul was talking about spiritual gifts but actually all gifts and abilities count. If you have trouble, phone a friend and tell them you want help and you’ll ring back in half an hour to give them time to think. Don’t be embarrassed, just rejoice at God’s goodness, God’s grace – and give thanks. You DO have gifts and abilities. We need to keep pressing in on this one. Do you have things held all over your fridge by fridge magnets? You probably take it for granted but you are exercising your ability to think, to act, to plan. Do you have a notice board in your kitchen you put things on? You may be struggling to deny there is anything creative about that, but you are exercising very simple gifts or abilities even just making it. Have you ever cut up magazines and made a collage? Try it some time, simple creativity for no reason other than you can. You have a job or a career? You are laden with talent even if you take it for granted. Someone with dementia can’t do what you do, they’ve lost the ability. Stop and think what, if you had dementia and lost your mind, you would no longer be able to do. You’re starting to see your talents, the abilities God has given you, the grace you have received!