“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
-Henry Ward Beecher
I believe we were born to make manifest the art that lives inside of us. (<==== Click to tweet.)
All of us.
For some it may be through writing, painting, or designing a room. For others, it ventures out through conversations, the act of listening, playing football, or baking a cake.
All of us are artists. Whether it’s the way we dance our babies to sleep, or brighten a stranger’s day with a smile. We are living art, leaving a trail of paint behind us wherever we go.
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”
What you do with your life matters. Every action, every dream, and every passion counts for something. So make it grand. Make it real. Make your life and what you do with it a work of art.
Paint the world with the God-given beauty that lies inside your soul. (<==== Click to tweet.)
God is the master artist, and we are each a piece of His grand puzzle. But sadly we live in a world that breeds practicality and success. We are taught to compete. To measure. To win.
We are continually weighing ourselves against each other. But what does this comparison do to our lives, to our art? It washes the vibrancy and passion out of all we do. It bleeds us dry and feeds us the lie that, “we will never be enough.”
And no doubt if we are brave enough to try anything, at some point we will trip, we will mess up, we will say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and we will fall down…but our failures do not define us.
We will get up and we will try again. Because we can. Because there is one who is stronger than us who came to make manifest His glory in our lives.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
–2 Corinthians 12:9
I wish I could reach into every one of your lives and tell you what I believe… that you count. You matter. You are a masterpiece in your own way, and your life counts for something great.
And art? The most beautiful pieces are rarely epic. They are often hidden in dusty attic corners. They are quirky, odd, and often go unnoticed to the world. Even Van Gogh, who painted almost 900 pictures in his lifetime, sold only one. And it was just before his death.
The art of our lives are often unseen. The woman down the street, she doesn’t see the way you put the world on hold, to make play dough pies with your 3 year old. She doesn’t know that your touch is the only thing that brings comfort to your baby’s cry in the middle of the night. She doesn’t know the hours you spend on your knees, praying over the soul of your teenage son.
But she doesn’t have to.
Our lives are not about who we impress, or how many facebook or instagram likes we get.
It’s about who we touch, who we help. It’s about who we reach out and love.
Life is about living in a way that inspires others to come alive, even if that “other” just happens to be your 5 year old son. Every life you come into contact with, matters. You do for them, what only YOU can do. You meet a need that only YOU and your life can fulfill. And there is nothing boring or ordinary about that.
So release your soul and all that God made you to be as a piece of living art to the world. Be brave. Set sail. Shine on.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Shared by: Lisa Larson