As many of you know, I wrote a book about creativity. In a nutshell, my emphasis is about how to find and use our God-given talents. How we need to push past our insecurities and work at developing our abilities. Within those 65,000 words I touched on this point: if you’re not good at a particular creative outlet, don’t quit, just be willing to try other things until you find what works for you. I still believe this is good advice, but since publishing my book, I’ve learned an important lesson. It’s okay if others help.
I have a passion for writing. I love to write and I just finished my first novel. I could say, see, all my time and effort have paid off. But that’s only part of the story. My abilities alone haven’t carried me to success. It took others—those who were willing to help me through this process—the ones who pointed out problems with the plot and those who are helping me fix the grammar.
I used to ask God, why did you give me such a strong desire to write, but then not give me the ability to be good at it? What would take someone else ten minutes to write, takes me hours. Why are words my favorite thing, but it’s such a struggle to get them right? I don’t even post a blog without having someone proof it first. It was my husband, Ron, who helped me see the bigger picture. He said, but Arleen, God gave you the story! We can help with the grammar.
I still get frustrated when a typo stares me in the face and I miss it or I use the wrong punctuation, but I’m so thankful I didn’t give up on this creative outlet. Yes, God gave me a story and I was faithful to do my part and get it written down. Then He surrounded me with people who have the strengths that I don’t. I’ve learned I don’t have to have all the abilities myself, but I do have to face my weaknesses and be willing to ask for help.
We don’t need to be all sufficient by ourselves. We need each other. It’s okay to have weaknesses as long as we don’t let them cause us to quit. Yes, we should work at improving our creative outlets, but also be willing to accept advice. Surround yourself with people who will bring out the best in you. If you’re strong in certain areas of expertise, I hope you realize your strength could help someone else achieve their goals. Our abilities have purpose beyond ourselves. Together, we can prosper. We can reach higher heights and bless more people with our talents.
I’ve dried my eyes and gotten over my pity-party. I accept the fact that I don’t have the ability to write a perfect novel. My family and friends will be the very reason, at the end of this long and tedious process, that you will have story worth reading! Thank you to those of you who believe in this project and are willing to share your abilities with me. I am forever grateful.
Arleen Jennings is the author of:
Created to be Creative
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