Vines and branches
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Having been web designing for almost 10 years now, I’ve been quite confident of my skills, enough to think that I’m ready to take on the path of freelancing. I knew this was God’s gift for me and at the beginning, I dedicated this “business” to God, saying that I wanted to use this gift to serve Him and bring Him glory. And oh how God blessed me with opportunities and filled me with wisdom and creativity. I knew that for a freelance web designer just starting out, this wasn’t luck or sheer skills, but God working in the midst. When I remained in Him, I bore much fruit indeed.
However, as the weeks went on and I slowly drifted away from the Lord, I saw that my opportunities decreased, I found myself dry and without any inspiration, and my old laptop died, leaving me unable to work for a week. Even now after I’ve retrieved my files and got a Macbook Pro, I still find myself without the motivation to work, or rather, the ability. It’s like everything has been drained out of me, and in a sense, that’s true, because I have left the vine and am now unable to bear fruit.
Perhaps there are many designers out there who don’t believe in God and can still create beautiful work, but since I dedicated my work to God to begin with, I know that as long as I remain in Him, I will see this business grow and bear fruit :)