Reflecting Poolwith Reverend Greg Coles, M.Div.
I was reading an article about Flavia Weedn, best known for her beautifully creative greeting cards. Back in the 1960’s, she had many doubts about her abilities as an artist. She said,
“The greatest obstacle I had to overcome was to rid myself of overwhelming feelings of inferiority concerning my work in the beginning. I remember well my initial feelings at that first art show when I saw all the professionals around me. I kept taking the paintings in and out of the trunk of my car before I finally set up. At the end of the day, one artist whose work I admired said to me, ‘Flavia, I hope you keep on painting – your work has a kind of magic because it sings. And that’s the ingredient most artist’s strive for.”
Is there a song inside of you that has not yet been sung or given a voice? Is there permission you are seeking to know that your inherent talents and gifts are good enough to share with the world? There is a saying by Swami Vivekananda , “You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”
Flavia shares further about her experience,
“I thank God I had courage enough to take a risk in the beginning and am reminded of what might have happened if I hadn’t taken my paintings out of my car that day from a quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes: ‘Alas for those who never sing, but die with their music still in them.”
Today, Flavia’s art and greeting cards are recognized and sold worldwide, adding beauty and magic to the lives of others, because she had the courage to believe in herself. That same courage exists in you and me, and the only difference is whether we will dare to believe in ourselves as worthy expressions of God, instead of victims of God. While many Christians have been brought up to believe that they are unworthy victims of a Savior God, Unity recognizes God as the principle of all life, instead of a character in it. Therefore, to believe in God is to believe in ourselves and the innate God-given resources we have been given to thrive and make a generous contribution to the people around us.
Flavia’s service to the world was through her unique art and creativity, but the joy of serving others comes in many forms and mediums. This month Unity of Bay City is celebrating our own ministry volunteers, who give of their time and talents to enhance the lives of our community and our world. Let us celebrate the gifts of our many volunteers, and experience the joy of boldly sharing the divine gifts within ourselves.
Cheers to you, dear child of God.
"When you speak from your heart
and say the words
your soul has only dared to whisper,
that's when miracles happen."