Created For Joy

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life. And it’s easy to lose sight of why you’re so busy in the first place.  It’s been about 6 weeks since I started my business of selling Custom Hand-Painted Pillow Covers and Granny’s Cheesecake in a Jar.  It’s been a tremendous amount of fun.  But it’s also been stressful and a bit daunting.  There’s so much to think about.  The risk of failure is always very apparent as is the risk of success.  In business and in life there are so many unknowns as you keep pressing toward your “goal.”  And let’s face it, even our goals can find themselves on shaky ground much of the time.

The thing that I love most about being an entrepreneur is being able to spend my time creating.  As I’ve looked deep within myself I’ve been reminded of things that have lit a fire in my heart since I was just a few years old.  On my inspiration board in my studio I have a picture of my son Quin at age 2.  He’s standing on the sidewalk with the most precious smile on his face.  (This is the same picture that can be found on the Home Page of my website as well as on The Generous Host product tags.)  Under his picture are the words “nurture the dream” and above are these words,

“We have a powerful clue to help us nurture our children toward their unique way of knowing and obeying God:  we look for their joy.”

What a wonderful thought it is to know that God has created us for joy.  We are created to find joy in God and then spend our time doing the things we love.  God’s desire is not to stifle our dreams.  But to help us believe that they are possible.  What I’m learning these days though, is that even my God-given dreams can become a burden.  This happens when I allow the success or failure of my work to determine my joy.  Instead my work is to be an expression of the joy I already have because I am known and loved by God.  I’m realizing that Quin knows this better than most.  So for today I’ve decided that my only real “goal” is to keep and spread joy.

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