January 27, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: Showing Joy

I find it relatively easy to depict most emotions/feelings/moods through my art.  Color, line quality, and imagery are key players in conveying the heart of a given emotion.  Sadness, anger, and fear seem to come easily. There is something universal connecting these representations with artist & onlookers.  However, creating work that truly embodies joy seems extremely challenging.  Joy goes beyond an object or individual.  Joy's color palette is greater than a few expressive colors. I feel poets & singers struggle with this as well. 
Words fall short. Yet....we continue to try.  

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9

God has done something for us that goes beyond our ability to adequately express.  Our words fall short.  Our actions fall short. Yet....we continue to try.  The joy that we have should overflow in all areas of our life...relationships, work, hobbies, interactions, day to day activities...etc. It should compel us to continue to find the words. It should move us to action to outwardly express what we have internally experienced. If we focused on the joy, maybe others would want to know more. Though our words & actions do fall short....if we show joy we can't go wrong! 

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