Today was International Dot Day. Do you know what that is? Have you ever read the book “The Dot”, about a girl who says she can’t draw? If you haven’t it’s a good one. Elementary teachers around the world created a day to honor the ideas in the book–that everyone is creative in their own way. So Dot Day is a day to encourage creativity in all ways–write a story, cook a meal, make a fort in the backyard, or of course, paint some dots.
A big part of the book though is that the girl’s teacher encourages her to keep at it, and to not think of herself as ‘bad’ at art. Do you ever think you’re bad at something? Too many times we let our mind tell us those sorts of things–we’re bad at sports, or math, or music, or dancing–and too often we start to believe it. Don’t let yourself be limited to things that come easy. If you’re ‘not good’ at something, it probably means you’re not real experienced at it yet. And what does that mean? It means to not give up and it means to be patient with yourself. God never gives up on us, and he is patient with us. Ask God to help you with those two things–he can give you what you need. Remember, you don’t have to try and do all this on your own–your God will help you.
All patience and encouragement come from God.
Romans 15:5 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Forgive me when I get discouraged or think badly about myself. Give me patience Lord because I don’t have enough. And show me how to not give up on things so easily. Thank you for my life. Amen.