Friday, September 2, 2011
Guest Blogger Maureen Lang: Wired
That’s because I’m wired to write. Not everyone is blessed in this way. First, it’s a blessing to have discovered how God wired me. Second, it’s perhaps a greater blessing to be able to do what He wired me to do. I’m pretty sure in Heaven we’ll be doing exactly what God gifted us to do. But here in this imperfect world, this place were there is more suffering than I’d like to imagine, some suffering must be felt by those who’ve discovered how they’re wired but through with one circumstance or another are kept from acting on their God-given talent.
I think if someone is wired to serve and they get to serve they must feel this same way I do when I’m writing. They’re reflecting the image God stamped on them. Same with those who preach or teach or nurture. If God wired them to do any of that, it’s like fulfilling what they were created to do. A bird flying just for the fun of it is worshiping God because he’s doing what God wired him to do.
And the work that comes with whatever we’re wired for hardly feels like work. If you would have told me in High School when I was sitting in American History that one day I’d be poring over American History books for pure enjoyment, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Admittedly I’ve always loved history, but I love it best when I’m learning in the areas that interest me. Do I need to know what kind of food would have been served at a high society table in 1880s New York? How about on an immigrant’s table, or a shop owner’s? What kind of fashion would the characters in my books be wearing? What was the world around them like, from the politics to the culture? Research is fascinating when it’s connected to a work-in-progress, and if that’s scheduled to be part of my day I know I’m set for a good time.
Nearly everything concerning our gifted area should either be fun or one of those light burdens Christ referred to, because it enhances that wiring deep inside of us. By offering what I write, I’m reflecting the image of God, that creative part of Him.
We don’t have to look very far to realize God is creative. Look at the variety of dogs, for example. So many sizes and temperaments that one is sure to appeal to every taste! Or the fishes of the sea, or the trees that reveal the wind, the flowers that reflect all the colors under heaven. It stands to reason if we’re made in God’s image, He might have included in us a slice of His creativity.
When we tap into it, we’re reflecting Him.
Is it any wonder we’re at our happiest when we’re doing what God wired us to do?
So as you go through today, I hope you get to spend a little time reflecting whatever unique image God stamped on you!
Robin here: I had a note from Tracie. First, she wanted to express thanks to Maureen for helping out in this way. And second, she wanted all you readers out there to know that Tracie and Judy's book, A Daughter's Inheritance, is free for the Kindle right now. So if you read on the Kindle or iPhone or iPad or computer, grab your copy today.