The Multi-Talented Mindset
It’s a blessing and a curse. Okay. It’s not truly a curse, but when it comes to developing the multiple creative talents that God has given us, sometimes it can cause a lot of internal conflict. Our hearts can feel divided when we attempt to prioritize our gifts and skills. This can cause us to feel torn and, at times, frozen, or even neglectful. Some of us struggle with determining what to develop, what to maintain, what to lay down, and how to share our creativity with the world in a way that consistently glorifies our creator rather than ourselves.
Personally, my struggle of thought tends to look something like this:
If I draw tonight, I’m not singing or writing an impactful song. I should practice Spanish more, but then I’m not using that time to create art. If I simply sing, I should be practicing piano too. Maybe I should focus more time and energy on the lucrative things that I could potentially make a living in.
Can anyone else relate?
As multi-talented creatives, it’s easy to fall into the habit of taking beautiful gifts from the Creator and twisting them into burdens. When we get into these thought patterns of perfectionism, it’s a good implication that we need to stop what we’re doing and refocus our mindsets. We need to be reminded of 1 Corinthians 14:33.
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace . . . “
God has entrusted us with talents to further his kingdom, but he’s also given us gifts as outlets through which we should praise and worship him. For me, the most intimate times of worship have proven to be while I’m singing freely or dancing around the room with full abandon in adoration of who God is. In all reality, I end up getting extremely emotional and thankful for the mind, body, and creativity to move and express myself through music, art, words, and movement.
We can freely worship with our gifts only when we acknowledge that God has the power to use us, and our talents, in greater ways than we could ever imagine. We just need to be willing to let go of the control to “get it right” and move into a place of humility, thankfulness, and obedience to go where he leads.
All of our gifts are simply meant to speak of his glory, not weigh us down. Whether we’re writing a blog, creating a potential artistic masterpiece, or singing in a church service, we need to do everything with prayer and thanksgiving, reading scripture for daily truth and wisdom, with a willingness to do whatever God asks of us—prior to ever getting stuck in the “what if” loop.
Read and soak in his truth.
Worship, thank, and love him.
Move as he leads, and bless others in the midst of it all.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4–7)