March 25, 2018

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: CHOICES

Art begins with an idea.  From there it is a series of choices.  The artist must make decisions that will impact every aspect of their work: size, shape, color, texture, materials..etc.  With each step they take they are faced with more choices.  Sometimes the choices they make lead to amazing discoveries in the exploration of their original idea.  Sometimes the choices made lead to frustration...starting over...or even quitting.  It is amazing how even what seems like a small decision can change the outcome of work.  Once a work is completed, the choices are still not finished.  Where to display it, how to display it, what to display it with, does the display need special lighting....and on and on!  I've seen some wonderful artists become paralyzed with the fear of making "wrong" choices in their artistic pursuits.  Choices, good or bad, allow us to grow.  Our choices can lead us to great success, but they can also lead us to a time of refining that will later lead us to great success if we allow it.  

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:5

Choices are part of our everyday life.  We may not give some of the choices we make much consideration.  However, even what we deem as lacking importance/significance can have impact on our life or those we encounter.  This is not to add to the pressures we already face, but to highlight the opportunities we have as believers.  We need to seek God for wisdom & discernment in our life.  The choices we make may be opportunity to love, encourage, challenge, or speak truth to others in the midst of our successes or perceived failures.  Seeking God out in all we do allows us to approach life as ministry.  Acknowledging God in all we do opens up the door for Him to use our life for His glory & honor. The choices we make allow us to have different opportunities, experiences, and interactions.  When we seek the wisdom of God in all we do, our choices will yield amazing results....even if they may not be what we initially imagined.  That is part of living an artist life for the Lord!

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