You don't have to be a scholar...

Published on Friday, 16 May 2014 22:46 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

About 30 years ago, J.B. Featherston, of Bullard, taught an adult Sunday school class. One of his favorite subjects was the Gospel of Luke.

Two years ago, he decided to write a commentary on the book as something to do during this retirement.

“I kept good notes on it, did some research along the way,” he said. “It was something else to do when it rained.”

Featherston doesn’t have a seminary degree. He isn’t a Bible expert. But isn’t it great that didn’t stop him from writing about something he loved?

It’s said that “comparison is the thief of joy,” and it’s true.

“Comparison is all about conformity and competition,” wrote Dr. Brene Brown in her book, “The Gifts of Imperfection.” “At first it seems like conforming and competing are mutually exclusive, but they’re not. When we compare, we want to see who or what is best out of a specific collection of ‘alike things’ … The comparison mandate becomes this crushing paradox of ‘fit in and stand out!’ It’s not cultivating self-acceptance, belonging, and authenticity; it’s be just like everyone else, but better.”

It’s so important to pursue what we love and to follow where our creativity leads us. It would make sense that if we were “made in God’s image,” that the Creator would want us to be creative.

“‘I’m not very creative’ doesn’t work,” Dr. Brown continues. “There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear … If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. Cook, write, draw, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild an engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing — it doesn’t matter. As long as we’re creating, we’re cultivating meaning.”

If you’re interested in Featherston’s book, you can find it on Amazon.com; “Luke: A Gospel of the Son of Man: A Closer Look at the Third Gospel” for $12.30. Featherston only makes $1.10 from each book sale.

“I didn’t care if I made anything, I just wanted to do it,” he said.