My first summer art camp took place this week. It was a trial run for future events and we had such a blast. We had sessions on basics of drawing, painting with watercolor and acrylic, mural painting and some more crafty projects like painting rocks ( the kids loved that one) Looking forward to next years more in depth 5 day camp.
I came across an old post of mine from some time ago and wanted to share it again as I find my self in this place of gratitude once again.
What can you give a person who has given you so much. How can you ever repay someone who has offered and shared so much.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. As an art student I've found myself having next to nothing at times, trying to get a good art education, trying to have time to paint and draw, needing money to eat and sleep and stay alive. The old cliche the "Starving Artists" has not been too far from the truth. However, I found myself in the tutalidge of some very generous artists/instructors who have made and continue to make this journey a little easier.
One instructor in particular, teaching so generously, the tools of a good painter. They were like little jewels, treasures that I now see how valuable they really are. So I thought, How in the world can I ever give back, how can I repay such a person who gave and continues to give without really getting much in return. I realized that the only thing I can give back is to be the best painter I can be. To work hard, to show that all that effort did not go in vain. So the journey continues and I paint, pressing on, taking every opportunity to learn more and grow, and to pass on these jewels to others so that they might also share in this treasure.
As a thought about this further what became so obvious to me was that this is exactly what my Father in Heaven has given me. He has given me His Son, who died on the cross for my sins so that I can be with Him in heaven for all eternity. There is no way I could ever give back in equality for that. There is nothing on this earth that could match this Grace. So all that is left for me to do is to become more of who God created me to be, to be more like Him, to know Him more, to hunger and thirst after righteousness, out of thanksgiving giving him the glory and sharing the good news to others.
So I press on towards the finish line, that I might hear "Well done my good and faithful servant"