Paint Your Own Picture

May 13, 2018

If you are like most people, you probably don't think of yourself as an artist, but that is exactly what you are! Every day you get up and your life is a blank canvas set up right in front of you, as big as the sky! It doesn't matter what you were yesterday, because today you have the power to recreate yourself. To paint a new portrait of yourself that is both different and original.

  

I'm not saying that you can erase those pictorial history books documenting the things you've done or the things done to you in life. We all have point-in-time portraits that bring back memories, some good and some not so good. 

 

What I am saying is that you have two options for what you can do with that collection of portraits from the past:

  

You can focus on those old portraits and let them dominate your life.  

 

This option will keep you in a constant cycle of repainting today so that it looks just like yesterday while doing nothing to give yourself a brighter pallet to work off of tomorrow.

  

Or, you can break out in a new direction that you have never traveled before.

 

Some may gain a little fame from copying those before them and doing it a little better or making it a little different, but the names that live down through the ages--Picasso, Van Gogh, and others--are the ones of those who are not afraid to step out and do things completely new. To use colors that no one has ever dreamed of or to express themselves in ways that define them as being unique and proud of it. That is what makes a great artist great, and that can be you!

  

Today is a new day. What are you going to do with it? Are you going to take this new canvas that God has given you and paint a better you that can lead you to an even brighter tomorrow? Are you going to go through the same motions as yesterday, or talk to the same lame people about the same lame subjects?

   

It is your choice. Always has been and always will be.

  

You are the artist. You are the creator of your own future. It is your choice of what tools to use, what colors to put on your pallet, and how to use them to paint your days.

   

Take some time to ask yourself: When your life comes to an end, do you want to look back and see anything less than canvas after canvas covered with masterpieces?

   

YOU are the artist, YOU decide.

  

My challenge for you this week:

 

Be the artist of your life and start painting masterpieces.

  1. Imagine yourself with a paint brush in one hand, a pallet of paint colors in the other, and a clean white canvas before you...what futuristic scene involving you, will you paint?

  2. How does the portrait represent the advancement of your life?

  3. What life changes do you need to engage in to make the scene in this portrait a reality?

  4. Will you commit to these actions?

If you will commit yourself to this week's challenge, your life will have a masterpiece for your life history book!

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