What Were You Created to Do?
I am reading a book entitled 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller. For those interested, the forward is written by finance counselor, David Ramsey. Mr. Miller’s book is a 48-day guide to discovering what you are uniquely called by God to do. His theme verse is Ecclesiastes 3:13, “That every man find pleasure in his work—this is a gift from God.”
One of the questions in the Day 2 homework is, “Who are 2 or 3 people you know who seem to have accomplished their dreams?” As I thought about it, the board of Christiana Homeschool Academy came to mind. These are pioneers with a vision. They set plans to accomplish their vision. They carried out those plans. They have learned and tweaked their plan ever since their first vision. They have achieved a positive atmosphere for obtaining an affordable classical education. They have been prayerful, unified, and open to change. What a difference they have made in my life! I believe as they look back on their life-calling that Christiana will be a big part of what God created them for. They, in turn, have been a means for me to pursue what I feel called to.
Another question asked in 48 Days is, “What were your childhood goals and ambitions for your life? Which ones have you been able to fulfill?” When I was 12, three years before I became a Christian, I wrote down what I wanted to do with my life. It included teaching art, selling artwork, and breeding dogs. When I was 11, I had spent my life savings of $100 on a cocker spaniel, which I bred twice. Our family eventually ended up with the healthy no-shed breed of Westies. This spring we are planning our 12th litter of Westie pups.
After almost 30 years of marriage and 11 children, God surprisingly handed back to me my art business. Dave Miller asks in the first chapter’s homework: “What would be the key characteristics of an ideal job for you?” For me that would be a combination of painting and
teaching. I find that I am a better teacher when I am painting each week. What I am learning is fresh. As I reflected, I was so thankful that God has allowed me to do what I most love.
It is precious to me that God was at work in my parents early on. I was their fifth child. Each of my siblings focused on a learning to play a different musical instrument; they allowed my classes to focus on art. They also created a nook in the basement in which I spent hours
creating gifts and drawing. I am still doing what I enjoyed as a child.
Another inspiring book I read while on a February get-away with a daughter in the Bahamas was Nancy Tichborne’s Watercolour World. Nancy believes, “a painting is an interaction between artist and viewer.” Nancy inspired me to work out my own painting language, to paint with a message for the viewer, to paint my passion. That is my goal in the upcoming years. That was the given assignment when I painted “Assateague’s Wild Trio.” I have a lot more paintings in my heart to paint.