Creativity can be explored in so many different ways. Give me some yarn and a crochet hook or a pair of knitting needles and I will make something you did not expect. Or, let me play with embroidery thread and fabric and I will be entertained for a very long time. Or, give music and let me sing next to my favorite altos and we will harmonize all day long.
But a glue gun baffles me.
Glitter and I are not friends.
Stamps and ink pads make me nervous.
Show me a beautiful design on a piece of paper and I will try to copy it. But please don’t say, “let’s see what you can create,” and then expect to be dazzled – no question, I will disappoint.
So when it was announced that our women’s ministry would be making Christmas cards for shut-ins and nursing home residents my thought was, “I pity the poor person who gets a card I make.”
It would have been easy to stay away. I mean: it is the week before Christmas. And: John and I are hosting an event tomorrow. And: They will never even notice that I’m not there.
But I went.
And, I had a GREAT TIME!
Were the cards I made gorgeous? No, most of them looked like the product of a preschooler who eats paste. My lines weren’t even. My stars were crooked. And one of the cards I made had puff paint that may never dry. But I HAD A GREAT TIME!
– The woman who organized the event was sweet and helpful and encouraging.
– The people around me knew that our efforts would encourage someone who might not get many personal contacts this Christmas so they worked to provide joy not to make the perfect card.
– Everyone was accepting and generous and fun. There was laughter and joy and fellowship.
Someone is going to ask you to do something this next week that you are either not good at or you don’t enjoy or both. In most cases, they are not asking you because they are desperate for a fifth player for their basketball team; they are asking you because they want you to be with them.
Be bad at it – who cares.
Laugh and learn and enjoy.
Encourage those who are good at the task or who are winning the game.
In other words: Don’t be a humbug this Christmas!!!
Jill (just one of God’s kids)
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:18
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22