In the course of my artist’s lifetime there are many times I create simple line drawings and then color them in for effect. These are two of those drawings. They are 8×10 drawings done in #2 pencil highlighted in pen then colored in with colored pencil.
My twist on an older painting I saw. I was trying to practice my observation skills…i.e learning to see things more for details than just looking. The drawing was done with a #2 pencil on an 8×10 white piece of paper and then the flowers were highlighted with color pencil. I am taking a course on studying the Bible and one of the things I learned is this read the passage, read round the passage, read the passage some more. Once you have done this go back and keep reading it until God and the Holy Spirit make it clear what you need to be learning from reading the passage. It is funny how art sometimes translates into life. In art you must, look, look and then look some more .until you see what needs to be created.
Yesterday I talked about how we see the other people around us. Today I want to mention how we see ourselves. The Bible tells us we are to think of ourselves to highly lest we concreted and fall away. The Bible also tells us not to think of yourself lest you fall into despair. Me, while I am not what I would call handsome or athletic I like to think of myself as a child of God. This view helps me find my place in this world.
In life we wear many hats. I for instance am a husband, a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather, an uncle, an educational assistant, an artist Buthelezi most importantly a follower of Jesus. The key to life is making sure we seek and understand the importance of the hat we wear as a follower of Jesus and how it ties in with all the other hats.
I grew up wanting to be a cartoonist. While I am no Charles Schultz from time to time I like to draw a cartoon just for old times sake. The cartoon today is entitled “A Girl’s Best Friend.” The reason for the drawing is that many times is life we come across a friend who like a girl and a dog which on the surface do not go together. I have known many like that over the years. One of those is our relationship with God. On the surface how can a totally Holy God have any friendship with beings who are mentioned in the Bible many times as sinful. The answer is Jesus. He is the one who came over two thousand years ago to be the bridge to a friendship with God. Don’t take my word read the Bible, examine it and then decide for yourself.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Acts 1:11, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” The reason it is one of my favorites is because it a reminder to me that many times as followers of Jesus we’re just hanging around doing nothing when all around us there is God’s work to be done.
I started this blog because I didn’t want to be one who was just hanging around waiting for God to do something for me. I wanted to be one who stepped out and used his craft to further the work of God here on earth. This is why I draw and try to better my craft. If you’re one who is still hanging around. Try to find out what you’re good at and use your gift for God’s glory. Believe me it will bring joy to your heart.
There are days I envy cats. They don’t have to toil their days away at jobs they may or may not like. They get to sleep as much as they want during the day not having to tap an alarm clock at 5:30 AM. They get waited on hand and foot by owners who don’t realize they are being scammed into thinking they are in charge not the cat. Our little feline companions sure do have to seem it all. While a cats and dogs life for that matter seem to be good there is one important thing they don’t have…the ability to use our time at work or at home serving God. So the next time you start to envy your pets, remember you are serving God right where and when you are.