Do Something Brand New: Share Your Story!

Nov 2

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11/2/2016 10:23 AM  RssIcon

We are all on a journey. One day things are on an upswing. The next day we spiral down because of bad news or simply a bad day. Our natural inclination is to share when we’re up and recoil when we’re down. We don’t realize that when things in our lives begin to fall apart that we can do something brand new: share at the bottom of it all.

Van Gogh painted sunflowers. I'm no Van Gogh but I'm inspired by sunflowers too. You can paint them in a million different ways: interpret them however you'd like. They give you permission to do something brand new. 

My painting (below) lets sunflowers grow in the middle of a bedroom. There is no pot to hold them. They magically grow out from the floor. I am more interested in how I feel about this space than I am interested in describing it accurately. This was a time when I was down, and I felt safety and comfort in my surroundings. Today, I try to use that space to pass that feeling on.

Share today. Do it here and Journey on Canvas Blog, or do it elsewhere. Use what’s happening today to encourage others. Do it despite your circumstances. Trust that God can change a life through your story.


Sunflowers With No Pot, 
Age 47


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Take Apart 2,
Age 45

I am in the throes of taking apart my old art: the art that doesn't please me in its entirety. I love pieces of these pieces though, so I start to use them. I make some new work that is not entirely new. I make something better from something not quite right. It is satisfying.


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Old Junk
Age 42

I’m gonna pull that Old Junk out of my head. I’m not going to give it a chance to play its old song of doubt, fear and sadness. Instead, I’m going to believe something new, write a new song and let that new tape play. Old tape out, new tape in!