by Debby Mayne
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
People have told me all my life that I’m different. When I was younger, I took that as an insult, but as I matured and grew in my faith, I realized that my being different was a good thing.
I’ve accepted the fact that other folks look on creative people as being different and even weird. The assumption that writers, artists, and musicians march to a different beat has been accepted and even expected.
But are we really all that different from people who don’t pursue creative endeavors? I don’t think so. The Lord has gifted each of us with something special, even those who have the same—or similar—careers. We hear about God’s gifts quite often, but even those with the same gifts use them differently. Teaching styles vary among educators, lawmakers disagree on issues, and doctors have their own opinions and perspectives that don’t necessarily jive with other medical professionals.
Writers, artists, and musicians each have our own path that the Lord has paved for us as individuals. Writers may choose to pen poems, romance novels, or westerns. Artists may choose to paint with watercolors, acrylics, or oil paint. Musicians may choose to play gospel, country, or jazz music. Yes, He created each of us in His image, but He also had a different plan for each of us to carry out His desires. He gives us the template but allows us to fill it in with our own different perspectives.
Even though there’s nothing wrong with being different, it’s important to read the Word, pray for guidance in our walk with Him, and pursue what He has laid out for us. His intentions are holy, and only when we accept that He has created all of us to be different can we be free to follow our intended, unique paths.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for blessing me with a special plan specifically drawn for me. I pray that I use the differences you’ve breathed into me to honor, obey, and bring glory to You. Amen.
Debby Mayne is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas. She writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women’s fiction. Debby grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. She has lived in Alaska, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii, and Japan. Her parents were both from the Deep South, so she enjoys featuring characters with southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms. She and her husband currently live in the Charleston, South Carolina, area.