Broken Crayons Still Color has LAUNCHED! How exciting, right? Not only am I excited about the launch, but more so the potential impact it can/will have on all of our lives. Over 300 people have already subscribed and gone through the very first interactive devotional and that’s good news.
First, we started with the interactive devotional . Next, every month we will have the opportunity to go deeper and explore how our past experiences and situations do not have to define us by breaking down specific parts of this devotion.
Therefore, I’ve been praying about this first blog post and how it could really come alongside the devotional to answer some hidden questions you might have had while reading through it. The first question is: "What is your unique contribution to the world?" So I thought, maybe we should start at the beginning. (Genesis that is) It is where our Creator told us very clearly what our "purpose" or "contribution" to this world was.
In the midst of God's beginning mission to turn disorder and darkness to a world where life could flourish, He created humans. He created us to be reflections of His character, to be representatives of His rule, to harness creation's potential and to create beauty and order in the world. Goodness, doesn't that sound amazing? God's original intention for us was to essentially be co-creators to a world that needed continual beauty. But then of course our girl Eve went a little wild and brought Adam along with her to commit man’s first betrayal to God. They took it upon themselves to be put in a position to dictate what was good and evil (which was totally God’s job) and He’d kinda sorta asked them not to do that.
Then our job’s changed. We went from co-creators to being tasked as the antidote to darkness. Co-laborers and light-bearers that would continually rescue a world that was dark and full of sin. And my friends, that’s our reason for being created now.
Well, the BIG reason of course.
The question then becomes, what’s unique about me?
So many of us wrestle with this idea of "purpose" and the pursuit of finding it can just be completely gruesome. With so many images of "perfect people" living their best lives constantly in our faces, it can be hard to have gratitude for where we currently are in our lives. It makes us feel like we are constantly running after something that we can never achieve.
With that being said, I'd love to present a few nuggets to consider to help you as you pursue purpose gracefully.
The comparison trap is so real folks! It's this vicious web that we get into where we are looking in the mirror and instead of seeing our authentic beautiful selves, we see other people's perfection and we want it so bad. Our Pastors Andy and Sandra Stanley created a study called "Comparison Trap" and one of the quotes that are used in the study touched me in a major way. It says, "Envy and selfishness create disorder in our minds and in our actions too." When we allow comparison to creep into our hearts, envy and selfishness comes along with it and transfers from our mind into our actions. We find ourselves speaking negatively about people we're supposed to be celebrating, we start to change key things about ourselves to look and become more like other people and we get less and less excited about our own lives. They key is not to get caught in that comparison trap, to avoid it. How do you do that, keep reading gals.
"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." When we practice gratitude in our lives it does something in and through us that completely transforms the way we view where we currently are. My great friend Deleice Drane (who’s the Vice President of Operations at First Kingdom Management) a brand that manages Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter: Rev. Bernice King; talks about gratitude in her new book "Life is...". She says, “As we go through our days, everyday, think about all of the things you have, no matter how small, just openly express your gratitude to God. The fact that God loves us even in our most broken places is something to be grateful for. While the world sees our brokenness one way, God sees that there’s actually treasure hidden in your brokenness.” What a powerful statement. While we are sometimes allowing the world to define our journeys, God sees what we have totally different and aren’t we supposed to be more like God than the world?
Get yourself in a place where you can create something. Just like going to the gym, when you continually work out your creative muscles, you get better at it. It’s also so important to be around people (friends, mentors, other creatives) that you can be inspired by. Some of the tangible things that I do personally are to find and attend conferences that fit within my desire scope. I whiteboard a whole bunch (we have a white board room in our casa lol). I also learned how to create a creative board from my friends over at Orange. Check out their blog on how to create one here. And of course pray. I know ... I know it sounds weird but, some of my greatest moments of inspiration have come from my prayer time with God. I believe that since God is our creator, He knows what’s on the inside of us and is the key to activating it in a unique way.
I recently heard Dana Spinola founder of Fabrik speak at Plywood Presents and her topic was on the heart. She challenged us to ask ourselves the questions, “what makes your heart beat? and what makes your heart break?” What is something you want to change in the world and follow that with everything you’ve got. It’s so true that as Psalms 37:4 says, “delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Our Heavenly Father the one who created us piece by piece, who counts every strand of hair on our head, who knows us by name wants nothing more than to grant the desires of our hearts. We just have to answer those questions with confidence, trust in Him and follow the heart that He gives a beat to everyday.
For those of you that may have checked the "Not Sure Yet" box on the contribution question, for those of you that are in the middle of a broken season and for those of you who have nothing to worry about; your breath, your mere existence is a contribution in itself. God gave us a huge assignment from the beginning of the world, to be co-creators and even when we messed that up, He still gave us a job to help bring light to darkness.
Edited by Chajay Wise.