Why do you create?
The answer to this question drives the artist to create, impacts their work, and motivates them to continue onward when life may challenge them to do otherwise. I've asked many artists/craftspeople over the years why they create, and I've gotten a novel's worth of answers. "I come from a long line of creative people." "I have been trained in ______, so that is why I do it." "In creating, I've found my true voice." "It keeps me out of trouble." "I want to be famous" "I can say things in my work I could never say otherwise." .....and their are so many more responses! However, the reason that always captures my attention the most..."I was born to create." What an amazing, unshakable, specific purpose for one's life! If you knew you were born to do something....what could get in your way of accomplishing your goals? Sometimes people know such things from an early age. Some may not discover it till later in their life. No matter, when this purpose is established...it influences the choices in many areas of that person's life so that they may fulfill what they were born to do! Life does happen & can distract one from what they were meant to do, but if it truly is at the core of who they are....they will return to it.
"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?"
Esther 4: 14
The Book of Esther is one of my favorites in all of scripture. If you have not read it....or read it recently....take some time to do so. Esther is AMAZING!!! We find Esther in an amazing position in this verse. She has just become the queen...and her family/her people are being threatened. Her cousin, Mordecai, asks her to consider the purpose of her position, and that it might be to save her family/her people. Now I doubt we will ever find ourselves in such a dramatic situation, but we should consider our positions, purpose, and passions. God allows us amazing opportunities to glorify Him, help others, encourage others, and make our world a better place utilizing our position, purpose, and passion! We need to look at those God given things within us....because they were given for a reason! I feel my teaching is my ministry. I'm able to love & encourage so many through being a teacher. It is something I was born to do(I have known since 1st grade that I wanted to be a teacher).
What about you? Are you living out your purpose? Has God placed you in a position/place that you might not yet have "seized" the opportunities? You don't have to be a Queen like Esther....or a teacher! You might be a neighbor, a friend, and artist, a customer.....if we see our lives as purposeful for God's purposes....He will use us!
Lord...let me not only see the position, purpose, and passion you've placed in my life, but allow me to use it for your glory & honor! May these things you've placed in me...made me...may I use them to make this world a better place!
In Your Name, AMEN