“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” -Proverbs 18:16 NIV
I know a group of people called the time-clock punchers. When I interact with them, I see a glow locked behind the small translucent window of their heart. They are so diligent at their jobs and they seem happy but when they talk about their interests and life passions, they say nothing about that which brings the paycheck.
Wow, they are on autopilot! They hate their jobs but can’t leave because they must pay bills. The ubiquitous age-old stereotypes of career, financial security and vocation has constrained them into mediocrity and robbed them of the innocence of adventure!
When they tell me about their dreams, and show me their journals, I see the passionate young version of themselves disenfranchised by what you call the “reality” of life. The insincere ones disagree with me, but I think they forgot that their buried gift ought to buy the attention of eminence.
Yet, I see a light…
I am encouraged by the few who have set foot off the track and walked away from the rat race they were inadvertently enrolled in. I hear their stories; and read the novelizations or movie adaptations of their lives.
Creativity is not meant to be contained.Your talents are way-makers, not meant to be buried. Your passions are seeds of influence that must be cultivated into fruition.
If you choose to give the world your gift from God, you will only experience untold joy and fulfillment. But if you stifle your passions and remain in the safe zone, the world will miss out but won’t share your impalpable, yet unbearable pain.
If you spur, it will be a light to the world and joy to you. If you stifle, it will be like fire shut in your bones. Either way, the creative flame in you never dies.