July 21, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: What's On Your Mind

I have a hard time shutting off my art brain.  I see the world through artist's eyes, and everything can connect back to art.  I'm constantly thinking about the art I want to create, lessons I want to do with my students, materials I want to use, techniques I'd like to try, themes I'd like to explore, and on and on and on! I've gone to bed with an idea for a work of art on my mind, but been unable to sleep till I sketched out my idea on a piece of paper.  I've fallen asleep with a paintbrush in my hand, and woken up and continued on with my painting.  When you are passionate about something...it is almost always on your mind (or not far removed!). 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

Have you ever met a person that never seems to be happy?  They always have something negative to say, a complaint to be made, an ailment to share, or a person to degrade.  Their minds are focused on the "bad" things in their life or the world around them.  They can't seem to find the positive in anything.  When you allow your mind to fixate on the negative....that is what you will see, feel, and experience.  They have become passionate for negativity.  There are times in all of our lives that we might feed into negativity.  We may go through a season.  However, we can not allow ourselves to go down this path. As believers, we have been called to think on those things that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.  Our hearts & minds should be on the things above.  Shouldn't we be the most positive, encouraging, and joyful people if we truly believe in those things we profess?  It is the filter we see the world through.  All that we think, all that we do, all that we experience should be in light of the truth we claim.  It is how we see the world.  It is how we live in the world.  It is how we interact with the world. 

1 comment:

  1. Well said, Mr. E. We have an obligation to correct where necessary with charity, but we are called to be a joyful people. Great meditation for the day and week. Thanks.