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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Surrender Your Brush

In the midst of my days I feel the winds of change blowing in.....This life, it never stays the same. And yet I have to ask if we lived day after day as routinely as possible do we still call it living or is it that we just exist?

To just exist seems so mundane. To stay the same and never accept change is not true living. All around me I feel the cool wind blow in and I can sense that some things are just not that easy.....Not so simple. That old saying "It's easier said than done." So rings true for so many willing to take that leap of faith into change. And so many times we are so eager to hold on to the mundane for fear of letting go and losing control. We feel it's safer there. Stay inside the lines. Keep our boundaries because honestly, that's all we've ever known.... all we've ever done. And we fear change, because change pulls at heart strings, makes us feel uneasy.....Suddenly blows us out of control.....Makes us feel vulnerable.
Can I tell you again how you should never blink for longer than a sweet moment because this sweet baby girl will be 18 before you know it and my life will change........
That's what happened with my little man...I swear it was only for a moment....I turned away just for one sweet moment and when I looked back he changed into a young man of 18. 6'1", sweet and gentle, yet strong and a passionate follower of Christ. I'd like to say that I had a hand in raising him, but in all reality I was growing up right along with him. Changing with every breeze that blew in.
If there is one thing that we should know.....One simple truth that would lead us into transition it's this......Sweet, Simple, Surrender. To surrender all that you have, all that you know, all that keeps you from changing....Just let it go and give Him control. Surrender your fears, doubts and failures. Surrender your control. I was teaching my girls in Sunday School Class this morning and I wanted them to know that the only way to live a Free life is to Surrender their life.

The illustration that was being taught was like that of an artist and how they surrender to the canvas....No intimidation just total abandonment giving the control over to the brush and letting go of the rules and the laws, the perimeters that keep them from painting life. Verses the paint by numbers crowd...You know the ones that feel the need to have everything under control. The ones that have to paint with in the lines because to them it's safer with in the lines, with in the perimeters set. No room for error or creativity. No room to put a splash of color here or there. They have it all planned out for them. But you know life isn't really lived that way....

We try to stay in control but staying in control only makes us feel more and more out of control especially when things don't go the way we had hoped.
  Can I tell you that He's got this. He Loves to plan. He loves to be the Artist in your life. He's got it all figured out.....All we have to do is just SURRENDER and TRUST. Trust that He knows what He's doing. Trust that when we surrender, I mean completely surrender, our life will be this beautiful tapestry of colors......Changing from one brush stroke to the next.....And when we look back we can see how He has painted in every heart changing moment with brilliant colors and daring brush strokes. He paints wildly and dangerously...He paints the way life should be lived with bold passion not by dull, boring numbers.

In this life...In this God fearing life we are called to SURRENDER so that He can live passionately with in us. So that lives can be rich with brilliant colors. So that life can be lived for the glory of the one who created us. Change is never easy...I get that....I'm living that right now, but change is needed and it's necessary to grow.

Do you really want to live like the paint by number crowd or would you rather live the life of a true artist?

I say SURRENDER your brush.........

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matthew 16:24-26

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