I studied agricultural science for six years in secondary school (God knows why!) and we were taught that seeds cannot grow in certain soils because those soils prevent the proper germination of those seeds. That occurred for various reasons but it all comes down to the issue of compatibility. So when you are planting certain seeds, you have to be mindful of the soil you want to plant them in.
It occurred to me yesterday that this illustration also applies to human beings. When I got home yesterday, I was so tired. I had like three articles to write and I really did not know where to start from. After I stared at the blank MS word document for several minutes, the light bulb came on in my head and before I knew it, I had written 700 words in less than 30 minutes. In fact I had to try hard not to allow the article become 1000 words. The words were just flowing. It was so easy. No struggle at all.
That’s how I find writing and creating content – struggle free. Yes I do have writer’s block and some moments when I get stuck but that is normal for every creative person. Once that phase passes and I am in my zone, nothing can stop the ideas and words from flowing. I don’t think when I write. I just write. But there are people out there who just cannot put their thoughts together on paper even if someone puts a gun to their head. But if you give them numbers to work with for instance, they have no problem. They will flow.
So why is it that some people find it easy to write while others cannot do the same to save their lives? Why is it that some people make running a marathon look so easy while some of us pant as if we ran the whole world when we just ran up the stairs (*gives self side look*)? The answer is simple; God has graced us differently and we will only flourish in the area of our grace.
Do you know what you are graced for? Some of you may know while some of you might have no clue. I didn’t know that I was graced for writing until very recently. It wasn’t a big deal to me because it was so easy for me to do. When you do something effortlessly and others find it difficult to do that same thing then you have your area of grace right there.
I see a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon of becoming makeup artists, fashion designers and so on just because it looks like the cool thing to do these days. These people ignore that one thing or many things that they are graced for and struggle doing the things they are not graced for. As much as I love cooking and experimenting with food, I am no Chef Fregz or Dooney’s kitchen. I see the recipes they come up with and I doff my hat to them. Creating mouth watering and innovative recipes is what they have been graced for.
Don’t despise the gift God has given you. Don’t covet another man’s grace while you let your own waste away. It’s true that you can be trained at something and be good at it but you cannot compare that to something you have been graced for. I am good at other things; singing, dancing, solving maths and so on. Trust me though, the difference is clear. Take singing for example I find it easier to write songs than to actually sing. Are you surprised? I’m not. I have to practice and practice for hours just to be good in singing. Even with all that, I am still not confident sometimes when I sing. That is not the case when I write. Even if someone wakes me in the middle of the night to write an article for them, I will do it sharply (that is after my brain had loaded).
When a seed is planted in good soil, it germinates. A good soil is the right soil for that seed. If you are not germinating, check yourself. Have you planted your seeds in the area of your grace or you are trying to keep up with what is cool and acceptable. Don’t despise what you have been graced for. Water it, nourish it and watch it bloom right before your eyes.