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“Today’s Me” is More than I Give Her Credit For

Dec 7

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I am mesmerized by the old me. I am often tempted to think she was better. I worry that “Today's Me” is lesser than "Old Me." I try to understand myself in the “Right Now,” but I lack perspective. It’s easier to see your former self with wide open eyes. Painting is my process for sorting myself out. I am on a journey, and it’s not always easy to understand who I am, where I have been, or where I am going. Painting on a canvas helps me understand myself and my journey with more clarity. 

I paint the “old me.” I paint things from the past. I draw a bee because, for me, it’s a theme for many things: fear, finality, mortality, and God’s presence in the most unexpected places. I almost died from a bee sting. This was recent. My throat swelled, and my lungs tightened as I rode the ambulance. I didn’t see a vision or have a spiritual experience as my heart raced and my breathing labored. I just sensed that this life changing event was actually very simple. It’s not time yet. God has more for me to do. Today is not my day to be done. Maybe "Today’s Me” is more than I give her credit for. My creative process helps me reach this understanding. My journey would be less rich without my canvas, my paints, and my paintbrush.  

How do you use creativity to better understand your journey? Art has the power to reveal so much about who you are, where you have been, and what might be next for you. What can you create that can open your eyes and let you see a little bit more about God’s plans and purposes for you? Explore your journey on a canvas, inside a coloring book, with yarn and a knitting needle, or while you create a family scrapbook. Let the process help you understand your journey. Tell your spiritual autobiography, or spiritual memoir, through the lens of an art maker. Share your journey here, or elsewhere. Let your creative process give your journey a voice, and then let it speak.  

Old and New, 2020

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Journey on Canvas is a spiritual autobiography and spiritual journaling site. The Journey on Canvas Blog will give you ideas for your spiritual journal and give you opportunities to share your spiritual story. This blog is also a place to find hope on your journey. Read, blog with me, and enjoy! 

Tears for Dancing, Age 42 

The older I get the less I think about what I can get out of this life. Bad things happen here on Earth and no one is immune. I see my parents suffering, I watch terrible things happen to my friends and I see catastrophic events that create hell on Earth. Revelation 21:4 promises that someday God will wipe every tear from our eyes and the old order of things will pass away. I’m beginning to think that this promise isn’t so far away: it’s just waiting for us at the next stop. Maybe when we die we trade our tears for dancing and enter Heaven. Until then, I'm going to paint, I'm going to write, and I'm going to share when I find hope in this life. That's why I'm here at Journey on Canvas.

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