Last week, just after a dinner of sandwiches and salad, my three year old son popped up off the floor and proudly exclaimed, "I did it all by myself!"
He stood there, with a grin as wide as his sweet face, his little 4T khaki shorts pulled all the way up to his waist...backwards.
For the very first time, he had pulled up his shorts all by himself. He may have done it backwards, but...he did it all by himself!
My husband, Greg, and I laughed later that night at the sweetness and humor of this particular milestone.
And then it hit me.
Here I am, crafting this website, beginning a new creative adventure, and sharing my art and writing. In all of that vulnerability, I have no doubt that I'm going to make numerous mistakes and missteps, that others will chuckle with me in my youthfulness as an artist, and that I am probably going look like I'm standing up with a gleeful grin on my face with my shorts on backwards.
But. I'm doing this. I'm learning the ropes of buying ISBNs and setting up printing bleeds and pouring fluid acrylic on canvas and painting in my Bible and setting up an artboard in Adobe Illustrator and scanning my own drawings. I'm finally bringing this dream of a creative ministry to life.
And yet, unlike my son. I'm not doing it all by myself.
God, my Creator, is calling me out of myself to design and write and paint from a place of love in service of others. My prayer is that Creating To Love always remains focused on God, that my desire to create only brings God's beauty further into the world, and that through this ministry, others more deeply know how fully they are loved.
And so here I stand, with my "shorts on backwards" joyfully ready to share Creating To Love with you.
Let's pray for each other that we might always be willing to bring ourselves and our vulnerability to the table with such joy!