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a million little ways

September 20, 2014 by

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I have a friend who is a very talented artist. She has a degree in art, she teaches both adults and children in our community, and she astounds me with her abilities.

I used to look at her with envy appreciation and think that I have nothing to offer when it comes to art. Sure, I am other worthy things, but I am certainly not an artist.

One day, as she was teaching the children of our community at one of her “Summer Art Camps”, she asked the kids to raise their hands if they were artists. She explained to the kids that we are all artists. We may not all be painters or sculptors, but in one way or another, we are artists.

My thoughts went to our Creator. We were created in the image of God, and He is the ultimate artist of the universe. I, too, must then create art because my Maker created me to do just that. It is the same for all of us, whether we realize it or not.

My art is my found in my words. I have always known that these words don’t come from just me. I believe that I am inspired by God to write down the thoughts that enter my mind. Often, if I cannot get the words down quickly, I lose them forever. That tells me that I am not creating them entirely of my own accord. I pray that my words would be inspired by the Holy Spirit for the edification of my readers and for the glory of God. That is my art. 

I recently heard about a book called a million little ways by Emily P. Freeman. The subtitle of the book is: uncover the art you were made to live.

I got my hands on a copy and knew that I had share about it. In the beginning, it was difficult for me to read because it meant that I had to admit that I am an artist. It felt prideful until I understood the idea that we were created, in part, to create and share our art with others. I love the humility of her writing in that she doesn’t encourage us to create and share our art for our own benefit, but for God’s glory.

The main message I got from her book was found in her words,

Part of that job description, according to Emily, is to offer, to listen, to show up, to wonder, and to create, among others.

Whether you are an artist with a brush or a musical instrument, a baker gently shaping loaves in your kitchen day after day, a mother feeding and caring for her young ones, an executive at a major corporation, a doctor, or a waiter, you create art, everyday, in a million little ways.

I am, in no way, affiliated with the author of this book. I was just blessed by reading it and hope that you will do the same. I hope that you will read it and be encouraged that what you do matters. You have a purpose. You were created, in part, to create.

To read an excellent review of this book from Tobi @ Simply Jesus Ministries, click here.

If you would like to purchase a million little ways, you can do that from Amazon by clicking here.

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What do you think? Do you see your daily tasks as creating art? Do you see yourself as an artist?

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24 Responses to a million little ways

  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    It sounds like such a lovely book.

    You message resounded with me because our church was just speaking to us about finding and sharing our creative gifts. I, too, feel my gift is writing.

    I am a stay-at-home-homeschooling mom – I’m sure there’s art in that too. Such a curious thought.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • Heather

      You and I have a lot in common, Jennifer. I look forward to getting to know you better. I hope that you and yours have a lovely day, as well.

  2. cathie estabrook

    morning, heather. this is another beautiful day in the inland northwest. thank you for another great morning read. i have been trying to unpack since i was moved in a week ago today and thinking that, is this the last that i have to offer in this world? sitting here playing on facebook. i thank God for the gorgeous sky and trees that i finally get to see again after almost five years and think that there really isn’t much i can do anymore. but after reading your blog this morning, i realized that i spend most of my day encouraging people on facebook and lifting those that are down, up and keeping those that are at their end, from leaving this world with love and uplifting conversations. maybe this is what God has in mind for me and i too may be an artist in your sense. thank you again, my friend and God bless your day and family.

    • Heather

      I agree, Cathie! Social media definitely has its downsides, but it can also be a blessing. In fact, encouraging people on FB was sort of the precursor to me having a blog. Encouragement is a gift that God gives us so that others can be blessed. I hope that you always use your words (and His) to shine His light in a dark world. Blessings to you, sweet Sister.

  3. Lisa notes...

    We are artists. Yikes. I never feel like an artist either, but yes, I see your point. Our art is through our words. We are created in the image of God–if he is creative, so are we. Thanks for sharing this perspective!

  4. Jody Lee Collins

    Heather, I’m so glad I found your post linked up at SDG. Someone gave me ‘A Million Little Ways’ as a gift this weekend and I can’t wait to crack it open soon.
    Isn’t God amazing–we get to share in His creation by glorifying Him through our simple offerings.

    • Heather

      Oh, I am so happy you found my blog, Jody, and that you have a copy of the book. I’m sure that you will enjoy it. Yes, God is amazing! His love for His creation astounds me. Blessings to you and yours.

  5. Donna Reidland

    Thanks for sharing, Heather! We are blessed with a church full of talented people in the arts, especially music and drama that we use as an outreach to our community, but those are not areas in which I’m gifted. While it would be lovely to be able to sing beautiful harmony or play an instrument, isn’t it wonderful to be working in the area of our giftedness and be content with His purpose for us!

    Thanks for blessing me by your post and for linking up at Soul Survival!

    Donna

    • Heather

      I, too, have always wished that I was talented in the area of music, but alas that wasn’t God’s plan. You are right – we need to be content with our gift and His purposes for our lives. Thanks for reading, Donna!

  6. Jen Ferguson

    I agree – we are creative because we were made by a Creator who formed us in His image. I think allowing people to view creativity from outside the boxed limits our world can sometime put things in is a freeing process!

    • Heather

      I think that understanding that the talents we have are gifts from God that can be used to bring Him glory is very freeing. Thanks for stopping by, Jen!

  7. Holly Barrett

    Heather, this book is on my list to read too…the list just keeps getting longer and longer!! I love your encouragement to us to recognize the creativity we have and use in whatever we do. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

    • Heather

      I have a long list, too, Holly. This one is so encouraging when it comes to using our gifts for the glory of God and the benefit of others. It’s not a long read, so I hope you can get to it. Thank you for hosting Testimony Tuesday. Blessings.

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