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Monday, May 4, 2009

This past weekend I joined Facebook. After years of resisting, I talked myself into it after seeing how a dear friend stays connected with other friends, and how she networks with others in the writing community.

Well, on Friday at about 4 p.m. I joined Facebook. I hand-picked about 30 people who I know well to invite as "friends." However, I must have checked, unchecked, highlighted or clicked on something, because within 15 minutes I started getting acceptances from people I didn't invite. And people I don't know! Then I got an email from the moderator of a writing group for which I am a panelist. Apparently, I'd invited her to be my friend ... only I didn't.

Her response wasn't warm and fuzzy. It went more like this - Isn't this illegal?

She was referring to using the writer's group in that manner. Only I hadn't ... but I had. So I've been apologizing left and right. How embarrassing! On the bright side, I've got lots of new friends on Facebook!

Now to the point of my post. On my first full day as a Facebook member, I got a note from a friend who had taken a brain dominance test. She discovered she was right brained. Hmmm ... I thought ... so am I. At least I've always thought that because I'm left handed. Years ago I learned that people are dominant on the side of the brain opposite of their handedness. Since I've been left-handed since birth, I assumed I was right-brain dominant.

I thought that explained why I love music and why I like to write. Then I took a brain dominance test myself. I didn't think it was right. So I took another, then a third. They all said the same thing: I'm extremely left-brained. Which REALLY explains a lot.

I explains why I've never fit the mold of a creative person. I love to cook, but I never (I mean never) create a recipe. I'm not a creative writer. I've never been able to make up a bedtime story. I've never been drawn to art - but I can color really well within the lines. I've wondered why I'm not more creative, and why I can break down a task, but I can't see the forest for the trees. It explains one reason I've always wondered why I don't seem to fit any molds.

So the question begs to be asked: Was I uniquely created like this, or am I a "freak of nature"?

Since I personally know the Creator of the Universe, and He loves me, I choose to believe that for some reason, God uniquely created me just like I am:

A writer who never kept a journal.
A singer who can't hear the 2nd and 4th beat to start people clapping.
A really good home cook who can't make dinner without a recipe.
A Christian writer and speaker who has had to conquer every fear about following God.
A professional who loves new technology, but can't figure out what she can't see.

The message God has given me this weekend is I don't have to be like other people. And when other writers say that ALL writers MUST write or they feel like they will die - I'm still called to write. And even though I have trouble keeping a beat - I'm still called to sing. And even though I'll never be a Food Network star, I'm still called to make great dinners for my family. And God will hold my hand when I'm afraid. So that's okay too.

I just don't know how I'm going to figure out technology. Maybe that's why God gave me teenagers.

So, I fit no mold, but that's okay. God must have had something in mind when He created me. I guess my job is to trust that He knew what He was doing and follow Him with all my heart. Even though I might look kind of freaky to others. :-)

In His Great Love,


KelliGirl said...

This post hits home with me in a big way! Not the part about technology and cooking (I'm pretty good winging both of them), but about feeling like you're different...and having to trust God's design of YOU.

Believing God didn't make a mistake when He made me has been (and is) my greatest struggle.

Thanks for your honesty and Godly example.


Joyful said...

You are uniquely His and that's so special. Even as an identical twin, I cherish the truth that God loves me individually when most of the world sees me as 'one of the twins'.

Canadian worship leader, Jon Bauer sings a song with lyrics that say, "Born for His purpose, born for His plan."

God had much in mind when He created you...and me. I for one have been enriched and blessed by your writing and living.


Jennifer said...

Oh, I'm so glad we don't have to fit a mold...but I surely don't!! So glad to know God simply made me this way!! Great post.......

Angel77 said...

I really enjoyed this post. Thank you for reminding us that we don't have to fit into all or any molds. We can be our own unique _____ (fill in the blank) as long as we are doing what God wants us to do.

I tried to find you on Facebook just now and couldn't. Oh well. My Bible Study is doing 6 Habits and are looking at the rest of the series. We are really enjoying getting back to the basics. It is amazing what we miss or forget after being in Him for a while. Thanks! Be Blessed!

Julie Gillies said...

Hi Glynnis,

What a fantastic post! I'm not the least bit creative, either. I guess that's why I write nonfiction and lots of personal experience. AND why I need and use recipes.

Oh, and I'm on Facebook, but only because my 19 year old son set it all up for me and then dragged me on! LOL Now I'm grateful since so many family members and friends are on FB, so I can keep in touch. It's actually fun and (GASP!) I just got started on Twitter.

Will wonders never cease?

Amy Carroll said...

Your devo today is SO POWERFUL! (I'd say it's pretty creative, too.) Just wanted you to know that you touched my heart, and I'll think of your devo in every church service now. I'm so glad Jesus comes to church!


B His Girl said...

I have to share this moment with you. I just read my devotional "God Calling" this morning. Inside I felt God was really speaking to me through it. Then I went to Crosswalk to read the devotionals I read most of the time. Proverbs 31 devotional was the first one I chose. Both God Calling and yours is about Two or More gathered together and the power of that. The Word is fresh bread for me this morning. I love how personally the Lord speaks to us. Blessings to you. On your post...if you are modeling Jesus, you are looking good, regardless of how you do that.

Cheri Bunch said...


This post hits home for me. Your honesty has encouraged me today. Thank you.

Loved the devotion. I used to be part of the worship team at our old church. It is amazing what you witness from that position. Most times I closed my eyes and asked the Lord to let me sense His presence. He has been so faithful.

You have blessed by day!
May yours be rich with blessings!

Anonymous said...

This was a great reminder for me this morning. I, too, can relate in "not fitting the mold". Thanks so much for posting!!

Mags said...

I personally needed to read that. Thank you for your perspective, God knows I needed to see myself these days not through my eyes, but through His. Thank you.

Cathy said...

I can identify with this one! I had to laugh about the part about timing the beat. I also sing on a worship team and regularly stretch them to the limit when I lead a song and come in either a beat to early or too late.

I also get confusing results with those right brain/left brain tests. I just tell myself that my brain chose to develop the best of both sides and go with that!

I don't think we were ever meant to be analyzed and put in boxes with labels, since I don't fit into any of them. I believe God created each of us as unique individuals to fill a unique role that was designed specifically for us. No one else can perfectly fit our 'mold' and no one else can perfectly fulfill the destiny for which we were created.
(Sorry, I didn't mean to write such a long dissertation!)

DaisyTea said...

Glynnis! You are a blessing! I just came from your post on Creativity (July 19) to read your story, and I love you for you openness and realness! You are a cool girl, my sister! I am going through Beth Moore's study "Believing God" and am reminded that my "old self" is in the past and I am to "be renewed in the attitude of my mind." Though I bear scars of my past reproach, I can move forward by the grace of God and do exactly what He says I can do! Feeling creative or not today, "I can do all things through Christ" and I can walk in "true righteousness and holiness" as I walk with Him today! Yay God!!! May He bless you with Creativity today, Glynnis!

DaisyTea said...

(leaving one more comment, because I forgot to mark "email follow up comments" before! :)

Linda said...

Loved your blog, hits home more than you know, & obviously to most of us. I find myself in a technology field yet always felt myself to be more on the creative side. Have always been looked up to highly for my work yet I feel it to be such a struggle, I don't have the confidence I should & always wondered why it didn't come easier to me. Now as I age, I find myself even struggling w/ my creative talents. Sometimes I feel that is due to being too busy. I saw the funniest plaque in a cataloge the other day that discribes my life to a tee: "I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse!" Anyway, thanks for your work. I miss you!