So I paint something special every Christmas for my family and friends. I usually try to think of something about their lives that I can paint about. However my painting style of choice is Abstract and I have been rather reluctant to share abstract paintings because so many people struggle to understand that the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. People always ask “what is it”. This year I took the plunge and painted original abstract paintings and to my surprise everyone seemed to really like them. It was exciting to listen to them describe what they saw. It seemed that my fears were unwarranted.
I have noticed that some believers fail to share their faith with others because they are afraid there will be a negative response. The truth is, most people are like my family and friends, they appreciate the effort of giving them something special. What can be more special than sharing potential life changing information with family and friends? They might just respond in a positive way. You never know.
Many years ago I started painting, but had no idea what I wanted to paint, nor did I have any understanding of different painting styles. I just thought painting was painting. So I bought some paints at the art store and found some old shelving in the garage. I wanted to paint something that meant a lot to me and would send a message to others. Since I at that time had spent multiple years in a Church related vocation I thought what better subject to paint than a church.
The church has always been in the center of what I do. Well actually Jesus Christ has been the center and His church has been the platform that has allowed me to follow what I believed what His will for my life.
Now that I’m “retired”… kinda, I am painting a lot more and have found a particular style that I prefer to paint. But I still see Jesus as being the center of what I do. The church or “His House” is still that platform that allows me to follow what I believe Jesus would have me do.
What about you? What inspires you to do what you do?