I've been meaning to share this with you because it absolutely struck me when my friend shared it with me. It was timely, in fact, because she sent me an e-mail about a day before my talk at the Becoming Conference and as soon as I read it I knew I had to incorporate it in to my sessions.
It's just so simple, but so accurate.
The full quote is:
I struggled a little bit with my career path, and the fact that it is an industry that revolves around vanity. I didn't want to spend my life focused on changing a woman's appearance and that being the end of it. It seemed empty. So I struggled, for about a year or so with my love for hairstyling, makeup, and, in general, the beauty world. I tried to search for something that would "mean" more.
But God showed me, during this time of questioning, that my desires and love for the beauty industry were not an accident. It was not a mistake or a misdirection that I loved styling hair, and seeing women's eyes light up when they see themselves with a fresh haircut or flattering color. It wasn't wrong of me to like these things.
It was, instead, exactly how He planned for it to happen. And I'm seeing that more now than ever. It would have never even crossed my mind that I would have this platform to teach so many women how to style their hair. I mean, what a gift! I get to do what I love, and what God has given me the ability to do, and teach women across the world to do the same!
So this blog, this little computer that I sit and type at, has affirmed in so many aspects that my love for the beauty industry was not a mistake. It wasn't about vanity, or about finding your happiness in how you look. It was, instead, getting the wonderful opportunity to meet so many amazing women in my chair. . .and now from across the world.
I'm so thankful. And so, so blessed by it. Joyfully overwhelmed.
So, I say all this as an encouragement to you. If you are pursuing a creative career, a path toward something that may seem empty from the outside, don't ever underestimate the Lord's power to use it for something greater. I believe He has already set up your path and it is your choice to use it for something more.
I remember a client telling me, in a casual, off the cuff sort of way, that she always wanted to pursue a career in the music industry (managing artists, not singing) but it seemed so empty. She wanted to "do something more". So, she went down a different path and is now doing something entirely different for her day job.
I don't know if she lies in bed thinking about the career she didn't pursue, OR if she's completely happy and fulfilled doing what she's doing now, but when she told me that, I was so disappointed. And it made me want to tell her, over and over, don't change your deepest desires because of how it looks on the outside. God gave you those. Use them! They are intended to be used! And BE the person in the music industry that doesn't focus on the money or the fame, but instead the gift of using your talents and how great it feels to share them with the world.
Don't stifle the things you love. If you feel convicted that it isn't good enough, or isn't meaningful enough, consider instead that the Creator--the Giver of these desires and talents--did not mistakenly place them in you.
And use them, with joy, for something more.