My name is Violette Noble and I am an artist who loves to search far and wide for bits and baubles whose origins may not be fully known but are always antique, rare, eclectic or just plain odd.
I use these fantastic finds in all my jewelry designs and each piece is created by me and is entirely unique.
Does anyone remember that song from the 70's? (or was it the late 60's?)
Anyhoo....I'm sorta' feeling that way today. Here's why I think.
I've been listing on etsy like crazy but haven't sold anything the last few days. (I know it looks like I did but that GORGEOUS pair of earrings was actually a give-a-way!)
Anyway I've been thinking about it and wondering why I would have been so happy today if something HAD sold and because nothing did, I'm discouraged! It sorta reminds me of when I get on the bathroom scales and it looks like I've gained 2 pounds and I'm devasted BUT when I get on for the 2nd time I'm "back down" those 2 pounds and I'm happy again! WHAT THE HECK?!?!? Why am I letting a hunk of metal predict my happiness for the entire day?!?!?
What does that mean? I know we all want to succeed BUT the measure of our success should should not depend on whether or not someone else LIKES or approves of what we do!
First and Foremost our happiness and peace of mind should come from knowing that God loves us with an everlasting love. He sent His only son to die for us and has reconciled us to himself forever!
But on a more human level.....our happiness and peace of mind should come from knowing we did a good job and enjoying the process and feeling of accomplishment from a job well done!
A book I read last spring was talking about the fine line between depending on God for results BUT working hard ourselves too! We know we can't just sit back on our "you know what's" and expect God to work for us when we've put no effort into anything!
The author of this book said something to this effect. (Sorry it will have to be another loose translation!)
"Work hard as if the ENTIRE project depends on YOU, but after it's done ...let go, knowing the ENTIRE results really depend on God"
Here's my motto for the year. (I have to keep reminding myself of it!)
"Do the work BUT leave the results to God!"
OK I feel better now! Thanks Lord for the reminder!
*art used with permission from Bees in my Bonnet/Becky Christian copyright 2010