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I Am An Artist

February 5, 2012

Wow, it has been so long since we posted anything here, I am not sure that anyone will even read this!

I am an artist!

I love saying that.

And I love doing it.

No, I will probably never be famous. Even after I die, I doubt my work will skyrocket in value.

But I have found something of greater value. Something to do with my talent that is of no EARTHLY good.

For those of you that may not know, I have a degree in Art. Something my Dad paid a lot of money for me to have. I did pursue a career in Graphic Design, using that expensive degree, for a few years before I became a mother. On a visit to my Alma Mater some years ago, a professor in the department asked me what I was working on. I replied that I had four masterpieces in process and I would have to wait until they were ready to hang on their own before I painted again.

Well, one of those pieces is near completion and the others are sitting on their easels with damp paint. However, God has given me an opportunity to stretch my creative muscles again.

Some months ago, a group of college students came to Rwanda and did an art camp in conjunction with the Peace House Ministries at ATN. They left some cartons of supplies behind with our colleague, Chris Shelby. He suggested I think about a way to use up the rest of the paint and things.

At the start of the new year, God impressed on me that the time is now. So three weeks ago, I started teaching art to 36 Street Boys on Sunday mornings at ATN. (Our church group meets in the afternoon, for those of you wondering about that.)

I began by talking to them about art. I showed them slides of some masterpieces. You may or may not be surprised that they had never seen the Mona Lisa or heard of Michaelangelo. It should not surprise you though that they leaned in close to take in every detail of a Picasso. Their eyes were dancing with amazement.

Still to me, the moment that took my own breath away, was when I asked them to look for the most amazing artwork in the room. No, it wasn’t the Rwandan basket on the wall, or the thank you photo from Felix Hagenimana. I began to point at each one of them and told them that they were each a unique masterpiece created by the Master Artist.

God creates because he loves to. He delights in what he makes.

He is delighted in those street boys.

And, something I can say now with confidence, He is delighted in me.

I think he is delighted that I am using this creative talent and investing in some boys.

No, Daddy, it may never amount to any earthly return on your investment, but I am pretty sure we will see some heavenly gain.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Shannon Adams permalink
    February 5, 2012 7:32 pm

    All I can say is that that is the most beautiful thing I have read in some time. Thank you for what you’re doing, and for the clarity with which you see your life. AND for sharing!! I am humbled, encouraged, and inspired.

  2. Carolyn Martin permalink
    February 6, 2012 12:48 am

    I absolutely LOVED this blog and I loved the faces of the boys as they worked on their projects. Art is something our children take for granted and get to enjoy their entire lives, but it warms my heart that you are using your talents to enrich their lives. Who knows, there may be a budding world renoun artist right there in your midst. God Bless You, Louise.

  3. February 6, 2012 3:59 am

    This was passed along to me by a friend. Beautiful and the truth!!! Beautiful truth!

  4. Vicki permalink
    February 6, 2012 4:26 am

    Your Daddy has all the money back and more. You are an amazing christain woman. Deanna got art classes for Christmas from mom and dad and starts in March. We are both very excited. I will let her read this for inspiration.

  5. Jenna permalink
    February 6, 2012 11:04 am

    I’m reading! so glad you’re doing this. Can’t wait to see what God does with it.

  6. Mildred Mayfield permalink
    February 8, 2012 5:39 pm

    Louise, I was thrilled to read this. You are using your talents in a very special way. I’m sure your dad is absolutely thrilled that you are using your degree for such a worthy effort. You not only enjoy it, but you are able to give these boys a glimpse of beauty that they might never have had the opportunity to try or even to see. To be able to teach them how to express themselves through art is an unchartered experience for them. Way to go!!!

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