2020-02-27 - Shake off the Dust
As I pulled out a pad of tracing paper, my sketch board and pencils, and looked for my pen and ink tools, I remembered what I loved so much about using them. These are some of the many tools that allow me to connect to the world in my own way-the way in which I was wired. Then affirming this as my ultimate happy place was my son saying, “I still want you to teach me darkroom photography one day."😊 Not only was it nice to know he values my experience, but it also took me back to times in college learning, and then with the kids growing up, sharing some of the aspects of how art collides with and enhances life. Making crafts with them and seeing their joy in learning and making things to lift others‘ spirits. One of my favorites was when the kids and I went and picked out some balsa wood boxes at Michael‘s, to make memory boxes for their Dad for Father‘s Day. They each decorated theirs with their own theme, colors, and style, to begin a journey of sharing special times together and having a little token of the experience to put inside the box. A ticket stub from the movies or concert, a photo of something or someone, cards, notes and other trinkets evoking joyful memories.
Much like the memory boxes, the many instruments that aid me in sharing creative works evoke joyful memories for me. And when life sometimes gets in the way of shaking the dust off my artist toolbox, God can send me gentle reminders of the importance of sharing it. I can do it for the pure joy it brings me, for the love of teaching an aspect of it to someone else, or to use my gift as a blessing in many other ways. Asking for God‘s leading in how he will be best glorified is always my prayer. And no matter what - I am grateful for all he has given me to share, and I pray for the strength and wisdom to know the best timing in which to do so. Are you shaking the dust off your tools and talents, and getting back to the basics of sharing a wonderful gift whenever you can? Off I go - getting to work.
“He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:22-23)
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