It is that time of the year again when all you hear on the radio is Christmas music. One of my favorite songs is John Lennon’s “And So This is Christmas”:
“So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun…”
This song is a reminder to me that Christmas is not all about us but about giving to others. God gave us His Son in order to not only offer us a way into Heaven but also is a reminder that it is more important to give. The picture I drew is of two children who see the trappings of Christmas all around but may never no the joy of the season. We all have so much which means we all have the opportunity to share with others. Think about it.
Growing up I loved to read all the Greek and Roman myths. I loved the strength of Hercules and the failure of Icarus to listen to his father’s warnings. As I grew older I started to come to know people who read the Bible. they would tell me of the stories of Noah and Samson among others.
At the time I made the myth-stake of thinking the Bible and all it contained was just a bunch of stories or just past civilization attempt to rationalize the world in which they lived and all the unexplained happenings. It was not until my late 20’s that I came to know the truth which was contained in the Bible.
I did not come to the conclusion lightly. Being the science guy I am I read and studied other works besides the Bible seeking answers. In the end the answers seemed obvious, God is real, Jesus was, is and always will be who claimed, God’s Son and salvation comes to those who in faith enter into a relationship with Jesus. So don’t myth the truth…seek the truth and the answers will come.
Love is a verb which means it is not stagnant but always moving. Here are some Bible verses about love:
Ephesians 4:2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
John 15:12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
Notice theses verses are all about loving others and in the last verse Jesus commands us to love others. So at this time of year and all throughout the year let not our love be a silhouette but full fledged love others can see. and feel.
This post is not a guide on how to use our hands. I suspect most of those reading this already know. I am writing more about where and how we use our hands. Right now I am using my hands to type this message. I use my hands to perform my job and to draw. The things I like using my hands for the most is when I am helping others. There is a certain joy and peace that comes with wielding a hammer to create a home for someone who otherwise would not have one or helping serve meals to those who come seeking a hot meal. Our hands are a vital resource for God’s work. Proverbs 16:3 tells us, Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” In other words use your hands to do good and the rest will fall into place.
Over the centuries many a written word has been penned to a page. Thousands of letter in black and white put down to entertain us, to instructs us, to spread our wishes to others. None of these creations in black and white are more important then the words laid out for us by God in the Bible. In 2 Timothy 3:16, the Bibles tells us that, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” The Bible teaches us about the world and how we are to live as believers. The only thing we have to do it pick up the book, read the words and with God’s guidance place them in our hearts.
Here is another in the handful of self portraits I have done. This however does not have a face for a very good reason. In life we all want to be something other then another face in the crowd. We want to matter, be popular, succeed in life. I wanted in growing, until a few years ago. I learned a lesson one day. What matters in life is not to be or famous, popular or successful. It is more satisfying to be the faceless one who helps those who need the most help not just at this time of year but all year long. Time is a fleeting thing. Why bot use what little time were given in giving back?
I have grown to like drawing these small city and country scenes. The county I live in has many country scenes like the one pictured here. Sadly this is not one of them. I plan on doing more of these pictures and hope to offer them up for sale sometime after the New Year. This means I will need to get out with phone or drawing pad in hand to render the pictures.