We all have things we can do well and other things that we struggle to do. I can do a few things okay. I’m better than most at some, but then there are others that I don’t do well at all.
And yet, we are just as we are supposed to be. The way God made us. Maybe we are more sin-filled than He would like (okay, we definitely are), but He knew before the beginning of time as we know it exactly who we would be and what decisions we would make. ALL of them. Nothing surprises Him.
We are each unique. Some of us are good under pressure, others not so much.
I seem to be at my calmest when under pressure. Of course, after everything is over, I fall all apart (not really, but I do have emotional let downs occasionally).
On the other hand, I can’t seem to grow green things very well. I’ve tried multiple times. Here are my latest victims:
Various house plants: My cat is probably more to blame for their issues than I am. Thus the aluminum foil to discourage him from using the pot as a litter box.
Basil. It seems to be having the hardest time. Mostly because it’s been ultra hot lately, and I forget to water it. This pic is right after I plucked the flowers from the tops of the stalks.
Mint: It fares better than the basil, but it still looks a little worse for wear. :(
Thyme: Ditto the above.
I watered them all, and they perked up a bit, but I’m sure I will lose them soon. I don’t suppose I know how to care for them properly. *sigh*
I bought them to use for cooking, but I haven’t used either of them because they look so forlorn.
I killed an aloe plant earlier this year. Poor thing.
The only thing I seem to be able to keep alive is my philodendron.
It seems to take a beating and keeps on growing. It’s almost flourishing, though I’m not exactly sure why. I don’t do anything different with it than I do with the others.
So now you know. Haha. I don’t have a “green thumb.”
Recently in our CRRG (Christian Romance Readers Gathering) FB page, Elizabeth Maddrey asked, “What is one thing you should know how to do by now but don’t?” I couldn’t think of a thing. Maybe I should have written, “Take care of plants.” LOL
Mostly, I learn what I need to know, if I truly think I need to know it.
- I KNOW how to make a pie crust (mind you, they’re not so yummy, but I KNOW), but I don’t make them. I buy my crusts. I don’t have time to fiddle with a crust when I can pay a few bucks at the store and get something better than I would make.
- I KNOW how to can tomatoes, green beans, corn, etc. But I HATE it. It’s time consuming and lots of work. Therefore, I buy canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, and corn. Though, admittedly, we do freeze some of our corn. :)
- I KNOW how to change the oil in my car. I do not do it. Hubby does. Thank you, Jesus.
- I KNOW how to change my tire. I’ve only ever needed to do it once, but before I could, a nice gentleman stopped and assisted me. (My tire blew out an hour from home.)
- I KNOW how to make a schedule and stick to it, but I don’t do that as much as I should.
- I KNOW how to cook, but I dislike it. Sadly, I can’t just give up cooking.
- I KNOW how to bake my own bread. We don’t eat bread much anymore, so I don’t do that very often.
- I KNOW how to paint by watching YouTube videos. I’m not good at it though. At least not yet. I’m still working on it. :)
And then some things I don’t know:
- I don’t know how to control my facial expressions. My face pretty much says what I manage to keep my tongue from uttering. :o
- I don’t know how people can look at the world around us and not see God. Look at the intricacy of the ice crystals on those leaves. –> Each little one is placed there by God’s design.
- I don’t know how people think up the evilness that they do. I have a VIVID imagination, but I still wouldn’t think up such awful things. :(
I’m sure there are many other things I don’t know. And some I may not know that I don’t know. :D
But there are some things I’m good at, like:
- Fixing meals to feed a large family (even if I don’t like it). Most of the time, they’re even tasty.
- Writing (at least I’d like to think so), even when it’s hard.
- Raising kids (mine turned out pretty good, in my opinion).
- Keeping my house neat’ish. I don’t dust much, but if someone were to pop in unannounced, the most they would see is DUST everywhere. LOL
- Getting my laundry done and put away in one day (says the woman whose clothes are still in the dryer from yesterday, but that’s an exception, not a rule).
- Paying attention to detail.
- Sensing others’ moods.
- Taking decent pictures.
And I’m sure there are more, but y’all don’t care THAT much. haha
All that to say, we all have things that we’re good at. Sometimes it takes effort to ferret them out, but they are there. I think God expects us to use our “talents” for His glory. And just like my plants, we need to be fed and watered and take time to soak up the “son” in order to live healthy, productive lives.
Now it’s your turn, what are you good at doing? Be forewarned, I will probably use some of these in a future book minus your name. A writer’s gotta glean from every source possible. And you are a wonderful source. ;)