Thursday, February 2, 2012

My Lesson from Pinterest...

This post was going to be about this super cute Valentine's Day project I did from Pinterest...but seriously friends, the Lord has laid something else on my heart to share with you all.  Don't worry, it starts with Pinbterest, moves to Jesus, and then back to Pinterest. 

I love Pinterest as much as the next person, check that, I love it as much as the non-crafty people who think they are crafty love it.  I know my limits, sometimes when it comes to crafts.  Eric now just doesn't even ask questions, he sees me buy it, try and make it, and then he either finishes it, or it just sits with the rest of the unfinished but I had really good ambitions pile.

I found this cute little wooden heart craft, and it seriously looked easy.  Did I click the picture or anything to see the instructions, nope, I just figured I would figure it out as I went.  I bought all the stuff I needed which really wasn't that expensive, score one for me and the husband :)  I brought it home and so it has sat until yesterday.  I finally encouraged myself to get it out and get started because Valentine's Day is going to be here sooner rather then later!

I painted first, which I can totally handle, no problem.  Then when it came time to write on our names on the cute hearts, you know like how the conversation hearts have things on them...yea, I struggled.  I know this seems silly.  Like really silly, but I was terribly stressed.  So I pumped myself up to write our names and bam, it sucked.
I was so disappointed because I felt like I had done everything else correct so far, it was going to look so cute, people were going to be impressed, and now it was awful.  As I was saying all of this out loud, I began talking to God, asking him "why do I have nice handwriting on paper, but no I couldn't have nice writing when it came to paint, nope that would be too much to ask for, right God?!"  "How could the two not compute?!"  I gently heard him say, "that's not your gift."  My gift?  Writing in paint is a gift?!  Then it slowly hit me, I have been blessed with certain gifts and talents, when I use those gifts and talents to God's glory, things work out, when I try and stress myself out by pretending I have a certain gift when really I don't...well, the outcome sucks.  Plus, the stress, worry, anxiety, not worth it!

So moral of the story...when looking at Pinterest, or anything else that comes your way remember what God has gifted you with, is something cute, but you know you would be stressed out doing it, then leave it to those crafty nuts that love that, but when something you know you can do with ease pops up, do it!  Allow God to bask in his glory when he sees how happy you are with the finished product.  Since he gave you that talent you know!

And...instead of using paint for our names I used stickers, which let me say, also did not turn out how I envisioned.  I finally had to just be finished with the project and move on.  There's always next year, or not, either way, I am not stressed by it!



 

9 comments:

Kim said...

we are our own worst critics!! because I think that are adorable!! I'm proud of you for actually making projects you see on pinterest!! you go girl, I have a ton of "pins" and the only thing I've made is a few of the food dishes/recipes!!

Holly said...

well, i think it turned out cute!

Laura Farr said...

I think your creation is precious! If I didn't have the handwriting of a 9-year-old boy I'd try to make this :)

Veronica said...

This is really, really good and touches on some things I need to absorb for myself. I'm so glad you shared this!

I think that despite your goal of what your project was "supposed" to turn out like, the end result was still cute!

Stephanie said...

I think they turned out adorable! And, I agree with Kim - we are our own worst critics. I was just talking to a friend about that today - about how hard I can be on myself and how I've learned to give myself grace, not compare myself to others, and remember who I am. Because, like you said, we all have our own gifts and talents - and THAT is what God wants us to use. He doesn't want us to try to be something we're not. It's OK if you're not as crafty as the next person, but the next person might not be as ______ as you. I confessed to a friend once that I am often intimated by her and feel like she can do everything and I struggle so much as a mom. And you know what she said? "Wait...I am intimidated by YOU and I feel like YOU can do everything and I struggle..." I never knew...that the person I compare myself to...compares herself to me. It puts it all into perspective and reminds me that I really can only be ME.

Jenilee said...

ok - that turned out great! what a fun idea :) and I love when things teach us a life lesson... growth happens in the most unexpected places!

Kristin said...

Awww....I saw that on pinterest too and I love the way yours turned out!

Can I just say this post spoke to me so much though?!! My whole life, I have always looked at other people's talents and wanted to do that too. I could have written this post regarding my business. I wanted so badly to be this crafty, successful business owner, but what it boiled down to is that was someone else's dream and it was not my passion. I seriously would stress out when I got orders! I had to admit to myself that it just wasn't the path I was supposed to go on, although the few things I did learn have worked great for doing things for the girls, etc.

I see things all the time that I want to make and I seriously have found I just don't like being crafty. LOL! I'm not patient enough for the time it takes, although I'll do it sometimes just for gifts or whatever, to be different. But, I really need to be one that supports other women who craft because it is their passion! They do a way better job at it than I do anyways! Haha!

Jennifer said...

It looks great! It's on my "holiday" board of things to do! :) And I think the stickers turned out cuter than any handwriting would have. Love it!

A Lil Story said...

I think they turned out great! but i totally get what you are saying :) I have definitely been frustrated when I see things that look so easy and they never turn out the way I want... I like your perspective! Great post!