by Christina Hubbard
Today my street wakes up.
Oak, maple, and bradford pear sing
Leaves dangle loose, ready to give their all
Before they fall
Do they wonder if
What they have to give is good enough?
Are vermillion, tangerine, and gold worthy?
Of course they don’t.
Of course they surrender
To season, divine reason.
They are born knowing.
They do their design.
All the while, we watch
And wonder how they let go
When such near-perfection
Surges through hollow veins.
What extravagant respect
They give to the Maker
Even when He humbles
Their worship is no work.
They crumble on purpose,
Willingly into creation’s cradle.
They do not ponder their worth-ship,
But we do.
And so, we begin the rousing.
Love from a Fellow Creative
The other day I chatted with a fellow creative soul about what many of us know in our work as “the imposter syndrome.” It seems that anytime we step out to do the creative work we feel lead to do, a nagging sense of being disqualified rears up, threatening us to walk away. To stop working. To fall down in the pit of self-doubt and perceived, potential rejection on account of our lack of qualifications. As much as I want this syndrome to vanish, it never does.
What I am learning to do, rather than wish it away, is acknowledge its intrusive, unwelcome presence, acknowledge the truth of what it whispers—I really don’t have a gift for marketing, and I am by nature, a terrible speller, and then remind this old nag that, while all of the weaknesses it drags out, project after project, are entirely true, the Truth of Christ who calls me lives IN me and is GREATER than my weaknesses.
I don’t create because I am an expert, or because I am the best at all of the things. I create because God invites me to. I work in the strength of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God. As I live into this, I feel both the joy of serving God through the gifts He has given me, and the weakness of knowing that I am unqualified by many of the world’s standards.
As spiritual creatives, we must learn to work in the tension of acknowledging our weakness, and embracing the strength of God who dwells in us. It is there in that space that we will produce our greatest work, and others will see the glory of God—not because we are so capable, but because it’s God who does it in and through us.
—Kris Camealy, writer & speaker. KrisCamealy.com.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering…fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Romans 12:1-2 MSG