Using the right tool for the job is essential for the completion of most tasks. From our hurts we learn and grow. From our triumphs there is satisfaction and, often, relief. From the times that lie between the beginning and the end of the vision we learn patience. These are all part and parcel of the ongoing lives that we live. If you aren't in the habit of living fully it is very likely difficult to fathom why some feel the "need" to pursue their passions. I watch as the gifted artist places brush to canvas. She seeks the elusive expression of emotions that are already bubbling from every square inch of more than 16 square feet, covered in hues brought together as an image of the ocean of existence upon which we are but floating as the odd bits of flotsam and jetsom. Her vision grows within, and culminates in a piece that literally explodes into graphic detail in the eye of the beholder. And, still there comes a time when she must declare the work "finished." The entire depth that the attempt to capture has brought out may not be the 100% desired, but there has to be a time when we choose to say, "I must call this one done, there will be another."
Quite often the completion of a project is determined by "deadlines" in our minds or of another's choosing. A very famous artist was once asked by a young journalist, "What do you consider to be your greatest painting?" The octagenarian replied with an ironic smile, "The next one." You have probably heard this story before, but I would draw your attention to the spirit of what is being said, not the words. There is that within each of us that longs for the freedom to create and continue creating. It is a part of the "heart" that God has given us. Herein we find another insight into the very nature of God. That longing to create and keep on creating is what we are each about. Set in motion by our Creator we are the "gift" that truly keeps on giving. I know God has a sense of humor, and I believe that God finds joy in all that we strive to do for good. Taking it one step further I also believe that God has placed within us that desire to do better, to keep striving, and to "view" the vision in our mind's eye even while we are in the process of capturing it to the best of our abilities. The greatest tool in our box is not needful of a semi trailer to haul it around, it is within our minds, our spirits, our souls! I give thanks today for the physical strengths that are called upon to carry out the work of the vision each of us has. In an emergency everything can become a drum(or was that a hammer), getting older we sometimes forget. God bless, Preacher.