A field of buried Way-makers

“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.


Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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