12 Ways You Know Your Creative Work Is Your Gift

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God..” —Leo Buscaglia

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When we learn a new technique or have a success in our creative work, it’s easy to believe it’s what we were called to do.

We need to stand just as confident when our work seems inferior or we’ve received a rejection.

12 Ways to Know Your Creative Work Is Your Gift

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Talent from birth. Not necessarily good talent, but you’ve got passion. You never understood why you were punished for drawing on the wall.

Habit-forming. Highly effective or not, you resort to this creative gift when you handle problems.

Asked God, at least once, to take the frustrating passion away. And you were shocked when He did. For a season.

Noticed other people noticing your penchant for it. Your father demanded you become a math major to cure you of it. So you’d amount to something.

Keep on keeping on. It’s the one thing you persevere in. The one thing you quit your job for. Or almost quit your job for.

Sealed with it. If you listen to the small whispers, you’ll know God bestowed you with it to use for His service.

Gush to others about it. You talk about it with anyone who listens—or doesn’t. That’s why you go to conferences and bask in the wonderfulness that others want to talk about it too.

Interrupts everything. Your sleep, your dinner, your housework. Blast it all. You’d love to live in a clean house.

Voracious appetite for it. You feed on it. That’s why you often miss dinner.

Itch to get back to it. When the ideas are humming. Otherwise check your backyard for poison ivy.

No number of rejections can stop you. The toothpaste-spattered note on your bathroom mirror says, “Gone With the Wind was rejected 38 times, for Pete’s sake.”

Gifted in in your creative work makes sense when you look back over your life. It stuck with you in bad and good times. So, you might as well go forward and seek excellence in it.

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Teaching, art, encouragement, writing, administration, speaking, giving, dancing, helping, drama… We use creativity in them all.

What gift are you grateful for this Thanksgiving Day?

What to Do When You Have to Fight to Create

“The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, ‘Thus far and no farther’.” — Ludwig van Beethoven

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Do you feel like you’re always fighting everyone and everything to perform your creative work? Are you at the point you’re willing to make some changes to satisfy your passion and calling to create?

Here are suggestions for 7 common battles creative people face. Make a change and create!

1. What do you do when your spouse treats your creative work like a hobby that should come last in your life?

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  • ask that your Christmas, birthday, anniversary, Mother’s/Father’s Day, and Valentine’s Day gifts are time, interest, or something that helps with the progress of your creative work.

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2. What do you do when your children always need you when you sit down to work?

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  • cut out a TV show at night and rise one or two hours earlier than normal and sneak off to your favorite creating place, or
  • set reasonable unavailable times when children are older, and
  • train yourself and your children to honor those times.

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3. What do you do when gatekeepers between your creative work and your audience toss your work on the reject pile?

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You graciously and tenaciously:

  • package up your creative work and take it to the next gatekeeper, or
  • learn more about your craft, rework it, have it professionally critiqued, and self-market it, or
  • let it go and move on to the next project.

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4. What do you do when the business-end demands of your creative work drive a stake into your creativity?

You graciously and tenaciously:

  • separate the business and creative parts of your work into two part-time jobs that complement but never cross each other, or
  • hire out all or some of the business end (also see the gifts idea in number 1 to help fund assistants).

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5. What do you do when food, shelter, and clothes require you to table creative work for unsatisfying work?

You graciously and tenaciously:

  • thank God for the paying work,
  • put away a portion of your pay to fund a shorter workweek, early retirement, a sabbatical, or long vacations dedicated to creative work (also see the gifts idea in number 1 for extra savings),
  • consider getting up earlier than family members to work creatively, and
  • look for ways to use your creativity in your paying work.

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Couple Working in Homeless Shelter6. What do you do when you work creatively from home and friends, family, church members, and teachers entreat you to volunteer during the day?

You graciously and tenaciously:

  • say no and
  • volunteer on projects in the evenings or on your days off. (For me, through prayer, God guides me on my priorities so I can do this with confidence.)

7. What do you do when you your family and home are neglected because of your creative work?

You graciously and tenaciously:

  • set a reasonable work schedule that works around your precious family,
  • stick to the schedule,
  • give up eating out often or ask that in lieu of gifts you can hire someone to do all or some of your house responsibilities, and
  • consider getting up earlier than family members to work.

What tactics have you used that were effective in your battle to create?