I’ve attended a few seminars and talks over the past few years that insisted that a polished brand has an “elevator pitch.” A few sentences that sum up your business or brand in a nut shell. Or if you’re a blogger, a sentence or two that describe what kind of content you’re dishing up. Hmm. I thought and thought about this. I wanted to figure out what I was all about? Just me, the person, the dreamer, the doodler.
Funny enough, though, I did – after attending several events in an attempt to help define myself and what the heck I’m doing on earth – figure out what my personal elevator pitch is. And I’ll get to that in a minute.
You see, I was really confused about purpose, calling, job, occupation, gifts, talents, etc. I was pleading with God to reveal my purpose, align my talents with my occupation and let these all work in perfect harmony in order to do His work. Yes, these all work together, but how? And when!? So many questions.
Years ago, I’d read Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life – it didn’t help. I’d prayed for purpose and direction all these years. Just more confusion. Y’all, this is hard, because I have a very broad spectrum of interests and I love learning new things, adventures and meeting new people. “Squirrel!”
Finally, this last year, I think God had mercy on me! Not really, I think it was just His time. My biggest takeaway from 2016 was the clarity on this very matter. You see, as a Christian woman I know that God knew me before I was in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). And whatever my purpose, however great or small – simply put – He created me to serve Him. And, by the way, that is YOUR purpose too. How perfectly simple!
I also know that He has instilled very specific gifts within me. I understand that he’s given me the strengths AND weaknesses that define who I am. I know that he’s designed my personality to work with the aforementioned. He’s given me an obedient spirit that craves connection with Him and with others. Then he set me to tumble and roll along a particular path of life to shape me further, to sharpen me and to soften me. He paired me with Scott – who for 22 years has been the grit that compliments my grace, the black to my white and the pessimist to my optimism. I’m a designer and I see this very grand design – or at least what of it has come to completion. I see it with such clarity. I see all of its intricacies and I am truly amazed. I look at it contented and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more at peace about what I’m doing than I do today. Right now. For that I’m so grateful and I literally praise the Lord for it. Out loud. At this very moment!
But I know how the Lord works and how he brings you to some bit of understanding only to set out on another journey in order to keep growing in Him. And that’s okay – I’m ready to go with Him. I’ve learned that though I am rooted in Him, I must flow in order to flourish.
I think a lot of this understanding came about this last year because I was really seeking God. I felt such a calling, like a literally quickening and preparation of my heart. It’s a long story (I may share it all later, I truly believe it’s still being written), but I just knew He was preparing me for something. Something BIG. And looking back, I know that because I was walking with Him, He put desires in my heart, desires to serve Him with my talents, to seek Him first and listen intently. To keep walking toward Him, beside Him. He was preparing me to be brave enough to step out on faith and giving me the strength to be confident enough to do the thing that didn’t seem to make sense to the world. It was all in order to put me in the place I am now. Oh, Lord – how thankful and grateful I am today.
The bit of understanding I did gain about myself, is this – my elevator pitch.
I am a dreamer and a designer. The Lord has called me to use my creative gifts to encourage and inspire with artful words and illustrations. I create with pen and ink, with letters and words. I want to share what beauty can become of a single letter and what clarity can be revealed from the shortest sentence. I am rooted in Christ, but I must flow in order to flourish in life.
So I go forth in 2017 feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for my 2016. For the understanding. For God sustaining our family’s health and providing for us financially. For my job, for Scott. For good kids and family. For Faith, her fight and her testimony. For clarity.