I can tell you that God’s gifts are abundant. Doing the work of God does not require stepping so far outside yourself that your own selfhood is lost or denied. In my own journey I have experienced the greatest joys while doing those things that are authentically who I am – an artist, a poet, a creative and imaginative person, an extrovert, God’s own work of art. I believe that encouraging others to discover or reveal their authentic selves is doing the work of God, and building up the body of Christ. I believe God is still in creation mode, and that Jesus continues to make scales fall from our eyes to see all that God has in store for us and our place in God’s unfolding creation.