And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. ~Romans 8:11 Lately I've been feeling shall we say... uninspired. The virtual standstill and lack of forward movement I've been experiencing in particular in my ministry and in my finances, not to mention the work of my DMin program at Duke, has left me feeling a little disgruntled and generally stressed out. This new little creative activity that I have taken up has helped to bring me back to life.
Now let's be clear, I am not trying to become a seamstress or fashion designer. I just like to look good, and the idea of being able to create my own looks is very attractive to me. Once I realized it was actually possible, I began investing in my skills by asking for a sewing machine for Christmas, researching techniques, making my own dress form, etc.
Yesterday I sewed my third dress/skirt, really fourth but one was a disaster (I posted about the other two here and here). It took a LOT of work- adjusting and readjusting and readjusting... but in the end I was so excited about the results. I am really happy that I stuck with it through the difficult moments because I learned a lot through the process.
As I was admiring my handiwork God reminded me that the same creative power he has given me to alter patterns when they don't suit me, make corrections, and ultimately create something beautiful, is the same power he has put in me to write powerful sermons, preach a dynamic Word, and be a conduit for change in the lives of people. It all comes from the same place, it comes from God. According to the word, the same Spirit that God has put in me... AND YOU... to walk in our gifts is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. That's pretty overwhelming! It also upends any excuses we could possibly offer for not boldly walking in our gifts- be it sewing or ministry. This doesn't mean that gifts do not need to be perfected and honed. (I've spend countless hours on YouTube trying to learn how to sew in sleeves a lot better than I am doing right now!) What it does mean is if we commit to doing the work, the Spirit of God can take our gift and make it an incredible blessing to the body of Christ.