Perspective

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
-Howard Thurman

I read this quote last night, and my mind cleared again.

Every once in a while everything gets muddled, clouded, and I can’t remember why I write anymore. It seems incredibly narcissistic; selfish. I feel like all I write about is me, me, me, and then to push it out there and share it with the world and expect people to care? It all feels very needy.

And then I read something like this and God whispers,

That’s not humility, love. That’s pride. That’s fear of rejection and fear of failure.

In grasping for meekness, I get it all wrong again. And that’s OK.

Because I’m learning to see me as my own child, as someone dearly and completely loved, and to make it no more complicated than that. I am loved. I have been given gifts. What will I do now?

Because to hold back, to keep it all in or to try ignoring it, like I did for a decade — that is the poison. Putting my work out there, showing people how I come alive and letting the pain and joy and hope and life of connection happen — that is where we can share in the beauty of creation. To create, to do my art, is to connect with with others and to see more clearly the God who put the fire in my heart in the first place.

It’s as simple as that.

What makes you come alive? How can you find a way to do it today?

 

Linking up today with The Gypsy Mama for Five-Minute Friday, where we free-write for five minutes flat, no editing, no revising. Join me there and read other five-minute creations.

  • http://www.mylifeasanadventure..com Barbara

    Kim, just discovered you through 5 minute Friday and fell in love with your writing. Thanks so much for sharing your heart. Do you have a subscribe button? Because you should! I want to read more…
    Barbara, visiting from http://www.mylifeasanadventure.com

    • http://www.kimvanbrunt.com Kim Van Brunt

      Thanks Barbara! Yes — the (too small!) buttons on the top of the left sidebar should give you a few options for subscribing via RSS or email, as well as buttons to connect via Twitter and Facebook. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your kind words.

  • http://www.CreeksideMinistries.blogspot.com Linda Stoll

    … some deep thoughts, some good food to ponder oh-so-early in the morning!

  • http://charsteyn.blogspot.com/ Charissa Steyn

    Just found your blog through Gypsy Mama today :) Love this post…so inspiring! It all comes back to knowing our identity and being confident in HIS love for us!

    • http://www.kimvanbrunt.com Kim Van Brunt

      Yes, Charissa, it’s all about identity, isn’t it? I’ve been learning a lot about that lately, too. Though it also brings up how flawed I am and how my hangups limit my capacity for love and connection, it also opens my heart for more, more, more. I’m learning to see myself the way he sees me, and it’s inspiring.

  • http://Www.mckimmet.blogspot.com Kate Mckimmet

    You write so eloquently and humbly honestly, I’m glad you do write! Lovely to read this thought provoking post this morning.

    • http://www.kimvanbrunt.com Kim Van Brunt

      Thank you Kate.

  • http://jennadamsblog.blogspot.com Jennifer

    Yes yes yes! Keep writing – Thurman was right when he said that we need people who come alive! Lovely perspective!

  • http://www.dailysurrendertojesus.com/ Stacy

    Oh I struggle with that too… Do I expect people to care? But it’s not supposed to be about them, right? It’s supposed to be about Him. and if He didn’t want you to write, He wouldn’t have given you the gift and the love for it. You write beautifully, so don’t hold back friend, because life begets life!

  • http://www.gretchencoparenting@wordpress.com Gretchen Schiller

    YES! YES! YES!

    My gosh, Kim, you nailed it!

    NAILED IT!

    This is EXACTLY how I feel … “seems incredibly narcissistic; selfish. I feel like all I write about is me, me, me, and then to push it out there and share it with the world and expect people to care? It all feels very needy.”

    And what an incredibly insightful and inspirational message in reading, “God whispers, That’s not humility, love. That’s pride. That’s fear of rejection and fear of failure…To create, to do my art, is to connect with with others and to see more clearly the God who put the fire in my heart in the first place.”

    It’s as simple as that.

    Dude, I’m printing this one and posting it right here next to my desk.

    T.H.A.N.K. Y.O.U. for the incredibly generous dose of inspiration!!

    xo,
    Gretchen

    • http://www.kimvanbrunt.com Kim Van Brunt

      And now you’re making me cry. And thinking of you being inspired to write inspires ME right back! Dang, sometimes this crazy ride is so freaking beautiful. Love to you!

  • http://www.thewordweaver.com Deb Weaver

    “…ignoring it like I did for a decade is poison.” I can relate. I ignored my passion to write, to share for about a decade too. I also let Fear bully me. No more. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.kimvanbrunt.com Kim Van Brunt

      Yes, Deb! Isn’t it eye-opening to realize that having a gift and NOT using it is so bad for you? He intends for us to use it.