Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Art Gallery of Gifts and Talent

I would define ‘hidden art’ as the art found in the ordinary areas of everyday life. Each person has, I believe, some talent which is unfulfilled in some hidden area of his being – a talent which could be expressed and developed.” By Edith Schaeffer “The Hidden Art of Homemaking ”

Sitting in church on Sunday morning I look up at the music team and think, wow they have talent. My niece shows me her latest oil painting done at her art gallery and I can’t help but praise her for her gift. My daughter whose been working with Alzheimer patient’s since she was 16 years old has a gift or talent for what she does. I walk by the mirror and look at myself and think, I wish I had some kind of gift or talent.

The problem isn’t the mirror but the one looking into it. We often are too hard on ourselves when it comes to wanting a gift or talent. We wonder why it hasn’t showed up yet. Why isn’t it what other people have? How come my gift doesn’t seem to come easy? We wind up wanting someone else’s gift instead of allowing our own hidden talent to develop in us.

Once we get passed the “why not me, why not that” part and allow our talents to come out we discover a hidden art waiting to be displayed. It may not arrive till we are in our 50’s or it may show up when were 10 you never know. A talent or gift is not just found in music, writing, artwork, or sculptors. It can be found in the simple things in life such as housecleaning, bus driving, landscaping, raising children, handling money, and so much more.

No matter what the talent or gift God has blessed us with we need to take it and use it to His glory. We need to stop treating our gifts like a white elephant gift. I believe that is the correct name for it. It’s the party you go to with a gift to exchange and at anytime someone wants the gift you got they can come over and swap theirs for yours and the exchange goes on and on. I’ve never been to one before but it seems like they could go on forever until you got the gift of your choice.

That’s not the way we need to treat the talent within us and believe it or not we all have some kind of talent. The adventure needs to be in finding that talent and doing something with it. From there we need to build your own art gallery of memories of things we’ve done with our gift. The talented housekeeper’s art gallery shows up in the cleanliness and organization of her home. My daughter’s art gallery is in the peace the families feel having her care for their love ones.

It doesn’t take a building on the corner of 5th and main to have your own art gallery. It shows up in the corner of your heart spilling over to those around you. Never down play the gift you gave, build it up to the glory of God and to the benefit of those around you. And always remember you are the one responsible for the window displays you put up in your life. Make them the best they possibly can be in your art gallery of gifts and talent.

Our talented host in her writing today is Nina on her blog, Mama’s Little Treasures. Hobble on over there and see what others have to share about today’s quote.


MiPa said...

Love this! Really, really love it! The symbolism of our very own art gallery as our heart shows is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your art gallery (amazing gift of word pictures) with us today.

Tami Boesiger said...

The problem isn’t the mirror but the one looking into it.

Ain't that the truth, sister?! We are each talented in unique ways. Once we quit looking around, we can spend our time cultivating the gifts we have.