Project Grace Day 15: Know Your Knack

  
(Image from kids.britannica.com)

I can’t bring myself to believe that we are halfway through January already. Sometimes I wish I can go back to those days when life was way simpler. But if that were granted, I wouldn’t be where I am today. 

The past few days’ series of devotionals of Project Grace has been speaking a lot to me about my work. I cannot spill out the details here since this blog is public but you probably know what I am talking about, right? I know most professionals already have a clue of what I’m trying to say. Tonight’s devotional is another insightful introspection of ourselves and our jobs.

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that.”- Galatians 6:4

Many of us are not born with the best things life can probably offer. We are not like most individuals who can take on the work they actually love- and are good at – because they are able to choose the course that fits their skills. I myself, am fond of drawing and painting. I have always known from the start that I would always love Art in whatever form. I wanted to be an interior designer or a comic artist someday. But life wasn’t so generous. My parents didn’t allow me to study out of town because first, I won’t be under their supervising eyes, and second, it’s way too expensive.

My dream of being a Disney character artist was torn to pieces. Like most people, I took the practical route and chose a course that would land me a decent job after college. True enough, I did find not just one, but two jobs, the second of which I am currently in, which is in the banking industry. I like where I am. I like that it gives me regular pay monthly. I like that I have my weekends off from work. 

But I am not as happy. 

I always keep on thinking about my first love, Art. I miss the times when I filled my sketchbook with so many imaginary characters without even feeling tired of drawing them. I know that this is my knack. This is where I am good at. This is where I excel. And at 24, I’ve never been more compelled to return to that happy feeling than now.

What I’m trying to point out is this: really get to know yourself and your talents. Discover and enjoy the satisfaction your skills give you every time you accomplish or finish a project, a canvass, a song. Always go back to what you love doing the most. Discover and deploy your knacks. 

“When you do the most what you do best, you put a smile on God’s face. What could be more better than that?” – Max Lucado

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