The harsh brush strokes of society and culture paint titles and expectations on us in colors so subtle we barely notice that we’re being covered. Images of success, self-sufficiency, pride, glory, and “you can do it all” swirl around us and we reach out to grab the one that shines brightest and shows us off in the best light. We look to see what everyone else is doing and try to mash that facade onto our canvas because it looks good, is good, works for her, and is what everyone is saying we should do.
I want to be a good painter.
I don’t want to create, write, live like anyone else. You and I have been designed by the ultimate Creator – infinitely creative – not meant to reflect one another but to shine more Jesus. We invite Him in to our lives to cover the ugly splatters of sin with a coat of white. Fresh starts, clean canvases, and we throw away the brush of expectation and hand it back over to the only One who can see the masterpiece of our lives from start to finish.
You are uniquely you. Paint who you are. Write who you are. Live and work and mother and design and cook and shine – who you are. We will never be able to do it all – so let’s be inspired by who God has created us to be and do THAT really well. Let’s paint who we are.