I believe that there are certain gifts we’ve all been given. Call them talents, strengths, whatever. We’ve all got some. (If you don’t think you have any, please contact me! I’ll help you figure out what they are. No one should go through life thinking they don’t have gifts.)
One of the things that makes life so interesting is that we don’t all have the same gifts. It’s why we need other people. I, for example, have no gift for fixing my car. My uncle, however, was blessed with this gift. This is great when he and I live in the same state, but when my car dies in North Carolina and he’s in New York, well, at least I can call him to vent (I also have a gift for communication).
In my last few weeks at the Folk School, God has laughed as I’ve tried to develop gifts I haven’t been given. I can see him up there looking down at me trying to hammer a nail in straight, shaking his head as he giggles to himself. One of my gifts is making God laugh:)
This is not to say that we are not meant to try new things. In fact, trying new things is one way to discover new gifts you didn’t know you had.
But then there are those of us who – really, truly, deep-down – know there are certain gifts we have not been given nor are we ever meant to have. Making things out of wood is one of those things for me. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve had fun trying (and plenty of ups and downs) as these pictures show.
What I’ve also gained:
- an appreciation for builders, roofers, woodturners, and anyone who works in construction or makes things out of wood
- a reminder that it looks easy when the teacher does it because they’ve been doing it for twenty plus years
- knowledge of how a shed gets built, how a wooden bowl gets made, and knowledge that I don’t want to be the one to do either
So thank you to my kind and patient instructors who never doubted for a moment that I couldn’t learn their craft. I could. But thankfully God gave me other gifts, so I don’t have to.