I have heard it said that when we look at a painting by an artist, we see more than what meets the eye. We see feelings, thoughts, years of practicing and discovery, we see hints toward the mentors, and the pain and redirection of constructive criticism, we see a view of things through eyes that are actually and maybe unknowingly, imitating the great Creator. There is so much more that has gone on than slapping paint on a canvas.
So it is with writing, illustrating and self-publishing a children
I am so thankful that my husband and I have each other to talk to about the big things. About the state of the world we live in and how we need to filter it through what scripture says. Sometimes he will say something that sticks in my head, and I chew on it for days.
During one of those discussions, we were talking about how sin isn’t seen as sin anymore. We remember even in our youth, that there was an awareness that certain things were sinful, and if one chose to run toward those things, there would be some condemnation and some concern for that person. Back then, perhaps the Bible was still generally upheld as a moral book, and that there was standards to live up to, and if not, then sin will cause self destruction. Today, our culture believes that many of the things that would have been frowned upon, are to be celebrated, and frowning upon that sin is much more sinful. An example I have seen in my life time is “living together”. When I was a kid, people who lived together rather than marry, was seen as something not right. Yeah, people did it, but most shook their heads about it. Today, living together is seen as a good way to try out a relationship. After all, sex before marriage has become the norm. There is no thought at all about what God’s Word says. Infact, even in church, to be gracious, we just don’t to upset anyone and point out sin. That is seen as sinful. Even though the most loving thing we can do is speak the truth, and I wonder how the Holy Spirit is to use us to restrain evil, if we aren’t teaching the Word, even if it exposes and hurts.
Craig reminded me that one of the worst things that has happened is this “We are broken” statement, standing in the place of “We are sinners”. We are lead to believe we are just a little broken, a little flawed, and that if we try hard we can fix it up little by little. We are told that we are all broken, so we need to be understanding, to sympathize. Yes, this is all true. But, it doesn’t go far enough to tell the real truth about our human state. The truth is we are dead in our sin.
Spring! New Life! Resurrection!
I have been so thankful to see the evidence of Spring. After 55 years of experiencing the glories of this season change, I still am in awe. Watching the birds return, the daffodils green shoots pushing up through the dead grass of winter, and days warm enough to go enjoy the porch swing.
Being in ministry, we are always delightfully busy at this time of year, preparing for the great celebration of the Resurrection. This year there will be an AWANA egg hunt and a gospel message and puppet show to prepare, as well as Craig
My beautiful Erin (our oldest) sent me this link and told me that this podcast guy was talking about the exact thing that I was talking to her about on the phone the other night. I love how God really hammers us with something in every direction, and gets our attention!