This has been something that has been bothering me for the past few years, every time I encounter someone who’s just started as an artist, they put themselves down because they’re intimidated by artists who are more experienced. Intimidation is something that every artist has (or will) encounter in their lives, and they need to pull through that fear in order to grow as an artist. Take that intimidation and be inspired about it. What makes it intimidating? What makes their work look so unique? That’s where your learning opportunistic moments will occur, you find those reasons and you create something new out of all that you’ve learned! I believe that anyone, ANYONE, can become an artist. It takes dedication and determination, but I promise you that drawing is one of the most rewarding art forms I’ve ever experienced. You will always learn something new with it, therefore, the fun never stops!
When my father asked me if I’d be willing to start a class here at Church for all our teens who want a save place to discuss sex. I told him I’d do it. But on two conditions, the class had to have more to offer teens than just an adult, associate pastor, well, me, telling not to have sex until marriage and for now, I just want to offer the class to all the young girls in the Church. But, don’t worry buys, I’m coming after you too!
So what I wanted to tell, or better yet, What do I have to offer teen girls who are being faced a very adult choice of should I or shouldn’t I have sex?
And I started thinking about a woman from the Song of Solomon, who, like many other women in the Bible is unnamed. She is called only Shulamite woman, which basically tells us about her origin in portion, we don’t know here name, but we do know that she knows who she is and that she’s not ashamed of who she is, the Shulamite woman not only knows who she is, she knows what she wants, and she knows what her passion is, and she goes after it. She loves who she is and she doesn’t care what anybody thinks of her, because she is strong within herself, she is self-loved and self-esteemed. She’s in love with a man, and she wants that man. But she knows and loves who she is outside of her love for that man, that’s such an important point.
So many of us live our lives believing that life will be better once we get a husband, or a wife, or once we make money, or drive a fancy car, or buy a house. And It’s no different in High School, a lot of girls think everything will be better once that cute boy asks them out, or they get invited to the cool party, or they get elected the home coming queen, or, once they have sex. So many of us make loving ourselves depending upon something outside of ourselves, so many of us make being complete depending upon being with someone else, and being fulfilled depending upon accomplishment, but it’s not someone else’s job to make us happy, It’s your job to make yourself happy. And to know who you are, and If you don’t know yourself, or love yourself, how can you expect someone else to?
God wants us to know and love ourselves, he also wants us to know our purpose, our passion, those two things are connecting and you cannot find your passion if you don’t know who you are. Your passion is a part of who you are already, but to know if, you must know yourself, passion is not sex and romance; passion is what you pour into creating a life for yourself that has meaning, and purpose. So I ask you, specially all you girls out there, what have you dreamt about doing? What is that thing that you’ve always wanted to do? I hate to say it but, as a young woman, It’s very easy to get sidetracked, from discovering your passion, there are actually more things to sidetrack you and not much to inspire you. Sex can sidetrack you, a relationship with the wrong boy can sidetrack you, an unexpected pregnancy can sidetrack you, but remember the Shulamite woman? Remember what she teaches us? We cannot share our passion with others until we find it within ourselves, whatever your passion is, now is the time to experience it, whatever your purpose is, now is the time to discover it, whatever you need now is the time to pursue it, now is the time to accomplish it, Now! Right Now!
Your passion is that thing you love, that thing you would give anything to do, to be, what are you waiting for is already inside of you. God is already equipped us with everything we need to live full and reach lives, it’s our responsibility to make that life happen, to make our dreams happen, to find our passion, and pursue it.