Monday, November 14, 2011

Stirring up the Gift

In Friday's post I asserted that creativity is as much the artist's responsibility to stir up as it is God's divine gift to impart.

"You received a gift from God when I placed my hands on you [to ordain you]. Now I'm reminding you to fan that gift into flames." ~ 2 Timothy 1:6 (GWT)

I think the impartation can sit there unused. Uninspired, not on His part but ours.

One of my favorite female wordsmiths Shauna Neiquist agrees. She said: "I believe that inspiration is something that we create, something that we’re responsible for. I don’t believe in waiting for it to show up. I believe that being an artist means you live a life of imagination and inspiration, instead of sitting down at your laptop expecting it to show up at just the moment you need it."

Do you agree with Shauna?

What are you doing to nurture your gifts?


  1. I like Neiquist's books too, especially Cold Tangerines. Thank you for this post. I need to do more to stir up my own creativity!

  2. I agree. We are responsible to take good care of our gifts and trusting God to place us where we can use them for His glory. Sometimes I think lack of response causes us to become idle.


  3. Oh I agree! Remember what Jesus said in the parable about the talent......don't just let it sit there....
    I carry a little notebook around with me everywhere. When something inspires me I jot it down and write about it later when I have more time.

    Love Shauna's book "Bittersweet". It may be my favorite!

  4. I recently joined a lovely writers' group. What fun and great learning I enjoy with them! I also read books I love to inspire my own imagination and artistry. Thanks for reminding us of our part, Rachel!


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