On this day in 1876, Jack London was born in San Francisco. Born into poverty, London became a sailor, a gold miner, and finally, most notably, a writer. Several of his adventure novels, including The Call of the Wild and White Fang, still find their way onto middle-school and high-school reading lists.
Concerning creativity, London wrote, “Don’t loaf and invite inspiration. Light out after it with a club.” And that's sound advice for the rest of us because we all have more gifts than we can possibly use in a single lifetime. But there's no harm in trying.
When It Comes to Discovering Your Own God-given Gifts, Searching is Better Than Waiting
”Inspiration comes of working every day."
”How do I write songs? By sitting down and doing it."
”Finding your particular talent or vocation is the first step in the art of being successful.”
”A man must get happiness out of his work. That’s the first of his problems: to find the work he is meant to do in this world. Without work he enjoys, he can never know what happiness is.”
”Do what you love. If you can drive a nail and have any nails to drive, drive them. Do what you reprove yourself for not doing. Know that you are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with yourself without reason."
Henry David Thoreau
”One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire."
”Mix your knowledge with imagination and apply both.”
Today’s Bible Verse
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Matthew 9:37 NIV