Drawing Conclusions

 

“For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Watch out, Picasso.

The Gibson’s are in the house! 

A couple years ago, the hubs and I signed up for a beginner’s drawing class, an impromptu decision to try something new.

Until then, our artistic contributions consisted of smiley faces on notes or doodled hearts in anniversary cards…red pen, (me) of course.

Oh yeah, we were ready.

When we entered the studio, we transformed into wide-eyed kids, sketch pads under our arms, shiny pencil boxes dangling from our fingers.

Ahhh, but it didn’t take long for my excitement to exit the building.

See, this planner girl needed an outline of what to expect, a path that plotted the course of the class.

You know, so I could perfectly prepare in my head.

Frank, on the other hand, was simply there to have fun.

Silly guy.

Nevertheless, I cautiously crept into the groove…until the instructor startled us with a surprise.

“Take off your shoe and place it on the table.”

Say what?

She continued, “Cover your drawing hand with a piece of paper. Draw the shoe that you see and don’t remove the paper over your hand.”

It took about two seconds for stress to strangle my serenity.

Worry made it’s move along with a list what if’s. 

What if I didn’t hear her correctly?

What if I mess up? 

What if people laugh…?

Yes. That.

When time was up, I squinted my eyes, slowly removing the paper that was sweat-glued to my hand.

It was interesting…

But, it was all mine.

My very own masterpiece.

Smiling, the instructor explained the reason behind her request. 

She wanted us to draw only what we saw, without distractions of erasing or starting over, because it allowed our art to be more authentic.

Authentic.

That word hit me like a ton of bricks. 

I wasn’t only drawing my shoe.

I was drawing conclusions.

Drawing conclusions can diminish our desires.

Our wanna trys are replaced with wonder whys.

Oh friend, what are we afraid of?

Why would we even want to shape our uniqueness into a cookie cutter comparison of someone else?

Let’s draw in another direction…

Keepin’ it Real.

Ever heard the phrase “Fake it til you make it?”

Me too.

Ever lived it?

Ohhh, man.

Me too. 

Dear one, fake can be fab…for awhile. But, eventually, it fades and leaves behind the pale of our stories, our relationships, and our hearts.

Keepin’ it real earns respect that fake can’t find.

In fact, an unexpected thing happened when we shared our shoe-inspired masterpieces. Nobody’s was perfect. Not one.

And, that was the point.

Each represented the real and raw of the artist…messy and marvelous and unique and lovely.

Just like us.

How awesome is that?

“And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 NLT

Pitch the Eraser. 

Remember those big pink erasers from grade school?

Well, I never got rid of mine.

I’ve kept it hidden, ready to erase my mistakes, start over, and pray you’ll never know.

And, that is what the instructor was trying to avoid. 

Do-overs can turn into overdone replicas of the real thing.

All the striving towards perfection just sends us in circles.

Dizzy and disillusioned.

Sure, I craved an eraser while drawing my shoe, but it wouldn’t have reflected my true vision. 

With all it’s Tina-ish imperfections.

Now I have a tangible token of trying…

And, that is pretty cool.

“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

Just Have Fun.

We signed up for the class to have fun.

F-U-N.

But, that was before my freakout crashed the party.

In a beginner’s drawing class, y’all!

Good grief.

Fear covered my joy like that paper over my drawing hand, suffocating the fun right out of the experience.

When we focus too much on the future, we miss our purpose in the now.

That unique purpose that God designed especially for us.

Each one of us.

Wrapped in His forever love.

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Our lives are a canvas, beloved. 

What if we doodled and sketched and painted our stories in the framework of God’s love?

Free of the fear and the fake and the worry.

Believing in who we are.

Believing in Whose we are.

His one-of-a-kind creation shining our own amazing light in the world.

Sparkle on, beautiful friend. XO

Spread your joy,

tina

12 Comments

    1. “An everyday challenge” indeed…but YOU glitter with authenticity, Letha! Grateful we have a Heavenly Helper who makes us brave. Love you, friend. XO

  1. Beautifully said – as always.
    Wish I didn’t struggle with that “need to make it perfect” gene.

    1. Sherri, I’m right there with you! Perfection is a struggle…SO thankful for our Savior! Thankful for you too, dear one. Much love XO

  2. “Drawing conclusions can diminish our desires.” Oh, Sister, how many times does my desire diminish due to drawing conclusions? I just walked that nasty path not too long ago. Fear is the liar on that path…

    I love you. I love the Sparkle Tina that draws red hearts and yellow smiley faces. I admire your brave and feel blessed to share life with you. ???? Sis

    1. Oh sis, love that we can encourage each other on this journey called life! 🙂 Thanks for being a sweet blessing to me. YOU are a gift and I love you XO

    2. I must Amen this comment. I’ve known Tina since she was a very little (adorable) girl. So fun to see the beautiful godly woman she has become❣️

      1. What sweet memories I have of knowing you most of my life, dear Christina! Thanks for being my cheerleader and precious friend. Much love XO

  3. Well, you did it again! Nailed it! You have a gift of seeing real life and what God sees and desires for us. Thank you for sharing and being real. God has a plan and journey for each of us glad you are you!! Still learning and growing in life thanks for the help! Best Wishes my friends

    1. Bruce, YOU did it again! You’ve encouraged my heart. I’m still learning and growing too, friend. Grateful we have a Heavenly Father who loves us despite us…He is such a good good Father. Blessings and hugs galore to you and Elaine! XO

  4. Love your comparisons– “fake, fab, fade and do overs to overdone”. I think you should post your Picasso. ???? Thanks for sharing your words. Always uplifting.

    1. Love YOU, Mary! Your encouragement means so much to me…hugsss!! XO (and stay tuned…”Picasso” may make an appearance someday! 🙂 )

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