“No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone…” –Matthew 15, 16
Sometimes as an author I question what I’m doing. I don’t know why I’m led (or inclined) to write what I write. I don’t know why it isn’t more widely received, more popular, selling better. I constantly ask, “Does anyone know I’m here? Does anyone care about what I’m doing (besides me)?”
Recently I had the thought that to hide one’s talent is to dishonor God. God is my muse, my inspiration. (I figure that’s where that thought came from.) Every bit of talent or ability in anything (and yes that includes writing romance novels) comes from him. That’s what I believe. That’s what I thank Him for every day.
I know just enough of the Bible to be dangerous and I know the quote above is referencing sharing your faith with others and not hiding it under a basket, but I believe the same is true of every gift God gave us. Whether it’s writing or cake decorating or creating a latte. It’s whatever gift God gave you in particular. What makes you special. Whatever talent you have. That could be creative thinking or problem solving. Or photography. There’s something you do that’s unique and special and you shouldn’t hide it from the world. Nor should you fear criticism from others because most likely they simply don’t understand the concept and haven’t found their special gift yet.
But whatever your gift is, God expects you to put the best of it out there, to share it with the universe. Not perfection, because that is impossible in this life. Just your best. That’s when your light will shine.
(My internet search for the Bible verse I wanted also led me here:)