Does the word “craft” give you feelings of excitement or does it make you want to cringe?
I’m in the second category. I would go to summer camp and bring home my craft creations and my siblings could hardly stand up because of laughing so hard. Girl Scouts, school, art classes – oh my! I can visualize the end product but the hands don’t seem to be able to produce anything close to what I envision. Cooking, sewing, mechanics, gardening … it all seems to have that same downfall of having to use my hands.
However, I have a daughter who can do all these things. I am in awe of what she can create with her hands. Her latest project was taking the carpet off the stairs, sanding, painting, caulking, and sealing the stairs. The transformation is amazing.
Does her ability to create beauty while I struggle with it mean that I should compare myself to her? Or to any of my friends who love to cook, quilt, sew, garden, and when they do, have so much to show for it? It can be tempting, but it would just lead to me feeling worthless. I am so proud of my daughter’s abilities, but I could never do the same. Rather, I need to look for what I can do. How can I bring good into the world? How can I encourage others? Possibly, I am thinking of craft too narrowly. Hope Writers asks: “What moments are you crafting?” “Are you crafting relationships? “What is it like to make something with care?” These questions help me to remember that using whatever ability you or I have can create ways to share love, offer hope, give encouragement and care. We each have all we need to craft a difference for good.
Hey, it’s time for crafts! Won’t you join in?