Jasmine's Place Issue No. 16 - August 2015 - Page 41

He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers. - Exodus 35 There was a time when I whole heartedly bought into the world’s perception of a designer. The world we live in dictates that designers dress the part of talented, successful professionals that seek to acquire clients with unlimited budgets. These designers impress clients with the tactile aspects of the design process - selecting luxuriously rich fabrics, presenting beautifully textured rugs and carpets and showing executed drawings enticing enough to sell an idea. This is what the world (specifically reality television) would have you believe is the real-life “life” of any designer. Truth be told that for some designers, this might be the case. Early on in my career, I desperately wanted for this to be my truth. This was the type of career I wanted and I even dressed the part (I still love to dress up). But a funny thing happened on the way to my being a designer... God entered my life and redesigned my heart. The majority of my education and professional life was spent slowly building a resume. This was not the only goal of mine, mind you - I had (and still have) a passion for interior design and architecture. Imagine my shock, when I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ in the Spring of 2012 and began to question everything in my life through the lens of the Gospel. I asked myself questions such as, “is interior design necessary?” and “design is a luxury, not a necessity - so how can I be glorifying God by doing this?” I believe there are moments in every new believer’s life when they question everything about the way they had been living their lives. This is a good thing - it means that