The longer I stared at the photo, the more I yearned to dive headfirst into it. Displaying a magnificent show of red, orange, yellow and brown, the photo engaged my eyes in a dance that only autumn could truly manage to pull off.
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I entered the world of art my freshman year of high school when I signed up to take Introduction to Art. Thinking it would be an easy class, I was all prepared to color inside the lines, and then wait on my A. Instead, I was blessed with a teacher who refused to accept mediocre work. She graced each of us with not only the patience to challenge us to keep trying, but also the drive to cause us to go above and beyond our abilities to succeed. This mentality carried me through four years of high school art, and another four years of college art; today, I still use art as a means of expressing myself.
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I’ve always felt like art is a gift used to help the rest of us see, feel, and think about things we might not discover on our own. God has given us many creative ways to do this, but not all of them are expressed through the pages of a book, come from the tip of a paintbrush, or are delivered by the chords of a guitar.
In her book A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live, Emily P Freeman stresses this point when she talks about how we are God’s creative masterpieces, and in return when we share ourselves, we share God’s art with others.
“We arrived here as art and we spend our lives uncovering the beauty we have to offer – not just the work of our hands but the shape of our hearts. We are here as expressions of God to reflect his glory in the world. As the community of humanity, we will do that in a million different little ways.”
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No matter what we believe about ourselves, each of us have special talents we can use for the Kingdom. I want to be used as God’s paintbrush. I want my writing and photography to reflect His creation, and if it helps you slow down for even just a minute to praise and thank God, then that’s all I ask.
Look for ways you can share your art this week. Write a friend an encouraging letter, or send them a card. Hold the door open for someone, smile at everyone you pass. Whatever you do, I know it will brighten someone’s day, but it will also help them see how very beautiful God’s art can be.
Please pray with me:
We come to You today in prayer thanking You for the many ways You use us to show the world Your art. Thank You for all the beautiful things You create, but most of all thank You for breathing life into us.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Photos © Salina T Gibson
Emily P. Freeman, A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live, (Grand Rapids, MI: Revel Publishing, 2013), 129.
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