Every family seems to have one who takes an interest and grows it into an outstanding talent. Of my nephews and nieces, there are currently 3 shining stars.
My nephew Josh just did this amazing 6-foot sculpture that was recently attached to the side of the art and science building at Bethany College in Kansas. It was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian man. He also has some paintings that really wow me. He graduated that same college last year and is now gallery manager at an art center.
I also have two nieces who have excelled in music. At eighteen Rachael is quite professional sounding on her harp and gets paid to play at special events. Her younger sister Stephanie is really shining in piano.
I think I’ve dreamed of being a writer since reading Little House in the Big Woods. I was captured by story and wanted to write things to inspire others in a similar way. But am I a talented writer?
I’ve dabbled through the years in college classes, in writing out ideas and unfinished scene starters. I’ve even had a few short stories published. But if I’m a talented author, I haven’t taken the time to work hard to learn to develop that skill, so my talent may never be realized.
Josh, Rachael, and Stephanie have put in many painful hours honing their interests into real talent.
I can’t expect to one day sit down to write a 100,000-word novel and expect it to be a work of art without having put in many painful hours of work ahead of time. There will be practices in crafting plots, dialogue, and so forth. There will be some successful encouragement and some discouraging rejection. But it is all a part of the honing process.
I believe it is only after we are willing to put in real work and surrender what talent was seeded within us to God that He steps in and brings that talent to full light.
Perhaps you are discouraged today by all the painful work that you are having to put into your writing interests – the money to attend a writing conference, the time away from other things in your life, the insecurity and rejections. It is all a part of honing the process so that you can be proficient and someday able to write a whole string of publishable work that readers will notice as something above the ordinary.
A one-book-wonder author doesn’t know what they did to get there and can’t repeat it. So keep working on the foundation of your talent – pain and all.