September 30, 2012
Last week I had the pleasure of going to a fundraiser luncheon for the MacDonald Training Center Foundation. This organization exists to “empower people with disabilities to lead the lives they choose.” It was so great to see the type of work they are doing and how they are impacting lives.
As many of you know from previous sketches, my wife works with students with autism. One of the things that she stresses all the time and that was also a big part of what they said at the luncheon is that, although these people suffer from disabilities that are out of their control, they are capable of doing so much more then we give them credit for. Many of them can have full time jobs, live on their own, and become an active part of society.
Chris, as seen in the drawing, is one such person that I had the pleasure of meeting at the event. For the longest time people thought that he had no artistic ability. Then, thanks to the foundation, he had the opportunity to take some art classes and do his own art work. Since then he has really blossomed as an artist. He has art in several galleries including a gallery at the Tampa Times Forum and, ultimately, art has become a great way for him to express himself.
If you would like to help the foundation please check out the following link:
September 19, 2012
Does anyone else have issues with comparing yourself to others? I feel like I am always comparing myself to the people around me. Sometimes it is based on job, salary, possessions, or social status. It really is something that is hard to train my mind not to do. On top of it, I know it does not please God because it is basically saying that I am not happy with the way he made me. We should all be happy with the blessings he has given us and I know I need to work on it.
The funny thing is that this is not a new problem for me. When I was a kid I used to stress about how small I was. I was what you would call a “late bloomer.” I relate to this image because there was even a time when my sister, who is three years younger than me, was almost as tall as me. I used to stress out so much because I thought she was going to be taller than me. Of course, that never actually happened, but, even if it did it should not matter. Does it really matter if you are taller than someone?
September 18, 2012
Recently, I have started realizing that I have an issue with alway looking back. I ask myself questions like “What if,” “Why did I do that,” “I should have done this,” “If only I did that.” It is a funny thing because there really is nothing I can do about the past. Isn’t that the whole thing with grace? God has forgiven us our past and everything happens for a reason. It is all part of his plan. If only I really lived like that all the time. I think things would be a lot easier at times.
September 11, 2012
A couple weeks ago we got the very unexpected sad news that my Aunt Paula had passed away at the young age of 63. Thankfully she passed away peacefully in her sleep. Now, Aunt Paula and I were not incredibly close. She was my Aunt and I loved her but she moved to Lebanon when I was young so I never really had a close relationship with her. I am very sad for all the family she left behind including my cousins and their kids as well as my Aunt Lucy and my Dad. I know it must be incredibly difficult to lose a family member like that. My wife and I continue to pray for all of them.
So, I am sure you are thinking it is rather odd to do a drawing of a smiling face during this sad time. When I was thinking of what I could draw to remember her I thought about how restless her life was. How she was always moving around and trying new things looking for happiness. The reason for the smiley face is I know she knew the Lord and I know that finally she is no longer restless. I believe she is sitting right next to our creator with a big smile on her face. Here is to an eternity of happiness for her.
September 10, 2012
This summer I truly enjoyed watching the London Olympic Games. I have to admit that I really pushed for this guy seen in my drawing (see if you can guess who it is) to become the all time greatest Olympian. Ok, I might have given it away with that clue, lol. Sadly, I also found myself thinking about how young some of the athletes are. I found myself thinking about how much they have achieved at such a young age compared to what I have achieved at my age.
It caused me to really start think about achievements. Is being the best at your sport and receiving money, awards, and publicity what makes you successful? 100 years from now will that matter? What has really hit me hard but that is also hard to understand is that these achievements don’t matter. What matters is how we loved others and our relationship with Jesus. Some how I always find myself getting caught up in the worldly achievements. I wonder why that is.
September 6, 2012
This past weekend I had the unexpected pleasure of getting to spend some time with an old college friend of mine, Keone Silva, and his family. We actually met early on in college in our drawing class. Being the competitive person that I am I remember scanning the room for other talented artists, lol. Keone sat right next to me and he is the one that really caught my eye. He has some amazing raw talent. Of course, we ended up being the last two to leave the classroom almost every day. In fact, at times our teacher had to tell us we were working too hard and needed to leave. Anyways, we struck up a great friendship which only strengthened once I found out that he is a fellow believer. He is a little older than me and already had a family when we were in college. Not only was he an artistic inspiration but he was also a great role model for me.
So, just to clarify, this drawing is not of us. I was searching for an image of an art class where they used the seats that we used in our class. I came across this really old picture, you can tell by the haircuts and clothing, and I though it was perfect because it really does seem that long ago.
Here is to reconnecting with a great college friend and role model.
P.S. I know it has been way too long since my last post. Life just gets crazy some times. Maybe I should change the name from 365 sketch to 165 sketch, lol.