It's never too late...
"Neglect not the gift that is within you."
-1 Timothy 5:16
Famed folk artist, Grandma Moses, once said, "Life is what we make it - always has been, always will be." She would know; she didn't make her mark on the world of art until well into her senior years.
Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses is often cited as an example of an individual successfully beginning a career in the arts at an advanced age. Over 70 years old when arthritis reportedly cut short her ability to crochet comfortably, she turned to painting one December day in order to make a Christmas gift for her postman. Soon, exhibitions of her depictions of rural life became so popular that they broke attendance records all over the world. Eventually, her images of American life were transferred to curtains, dresses, cookie jars, and dinnerware, and used to pitch all types of products.
The National Press Club cited her as one of the five most newsworthy women of 1950, and, at age 88, Mademoiselle magazine named her "Young Woman of the Year."
As she was famous to say, "If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens." The world is so glad she chose to paint.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts and talents with which you have blessed me. Help me to express these gifts in such a way that your light will shine through in everything I do. Amen.
Reflection: When has someone complemented you on something you have accomplished? What gift from God helped you to accomplish that goal? How might you use that same gift in the future?