Life is multifaceted, the
human soul most complicated. In the modern world,
self-promotion would have us make ourselves out to be
something lofty, other worldly, heady, a who's who
amongst one's peers proving oneself worthy of distinction and
accolade. In the process we risk losing a sense of what
it means to be human. We suffer loss of balance.
To be sure, life is a many chaptered book and perhaps it takes
getting enough of oneself to see one's mortality, or perhaps
witnessing the sum
total of what another's life added up to in the bigger
picture, realizing after all we are not the big deal we would
like to make ourselves out to be.
I am fully aware of my
uniqueness and breadth of experiences, having been a youth
pastor several times throughout twenty years of youth
ministry; a key administrator for the Salvation Army; having
served in the US Navy during the end of the Vietnam era;
frontman of a Christian Contemporary band in that big hair
80's era and still performing coffeehouse style folk and
blues; winner of my share of state and regional art awards; an
arts missionary; a fulltime professional artist settling now
into a chapter of teacher art in the public schools.
I've met prominent individuals and dined with figureheads of
state, shared in the peer recognition of some of this nation's
most prominent wildlife artists...but in the end other than
wowing the few easily impressionable what does it all really
matter? As I like to say often, all this and .50cents
might get me a cup of coffee!
am at that stage in life where I am comfortable living in my
own skin. I see life as an opportunity to have one's
activities honor our Creator, and our giftings turn around as
vehicles to celebrate life to the fullest. If I am
burdened, it is that so many are living in a vacuous state
restless to find themselves which they feel will come from success;
a success measured by sales of one's work or from the respect of peers,
yet it is apparent they are not living in the now. They
work hard determined one day to reap the benefits, living with
an idea of what they hope the future promises thereby missing the privilege and joy that comes
in the now having eyes that see, and a heart that sings.
Sadly, disillusionment awaits many.
is with all of this I recognize my reward is found in my work,
thus comes my intention to work hard, to play hard...but with it
all laugh, and begin by laughing at myself. Each day
precious. I hope by my creative efforts to pass along a sense
of this joy and thankfulness for living one more day, working
one more day and that in my work people find cause to do the
same. Reflect a bit more. Appreciate more.
Smile more. Be filled with the goodness that surrounds
us and be infectious with it. May my life with all its
shortcomings bring honor and glory to the One above, and may I
live to yet worship with one more creative effort.