I am very thankful that I follow Jesus.
I took the general course in school. The only subjects I liked were history, without the dates, just tell me the story, math, music and drafting. I didn't have to work at these subjects. The other subjects I skimmed through and didn't apply myself. My sister studied hard and I floated through.
I wasn't used to working hard at something to learn a new task until I started to make pottery. Now I enjoy it, but many times in the first few years I wanted to quit. I also wanted to quit selling on my Etsy site. I opened the shop 4 months before we moved to Bracebridge. and did not have time to learn Etsy or promote it. I was only selling a few items a year. I wanted to quit so many times. I wondered if I was wasting my time. The same thing happened when I started to play drums. It was frustrating. I was learning all sorts of rhythms but I wasn't using them in the music. I played the same beat over and over. Was this also a waste of time? You can see efficiency of my time is important to me.
I knew God had called me to make pottery so I persevered and kept running the race until I got better at it. I am still improving but now when I sit at my wheel, what I want to make turns out instead of a simple bowl. The same thing with the drums. I know God has called me to play drums so I persevere. I am improving and one day it will become as easy and joyful as my pottery. I don't think it will take as long as the pottery did, as the joy is beginning to come.
Staying on Etsy was different. I don't know I if I was called to sell on line. When I began my pottery journey someone told me my pottery would reach the world. Online makes this happen. I kept praying and asking God if I should stay online. I kept hearing 'Keep at it, stay the course', so I did. Two years ago I had time to devote to it and this year I rejoined the Etsy Mud Team. This team and my promoting has increased my sales a lot.
I am thankful that not only do I follow Jesus, but that He guides me in the paths He wants me to go. Doing what Jesus has called me to do is way more fun and easier than following my own path.