"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it." ~Danny Kaye, actor
I am not an artist. When it comes to drawing, I fail at stick figures. And the last time I sat in an art class--so long ago I was wearing a uniform!--I focused on all the rules and techniques and how I wasn't able to follow them perfectly.
Where was Danny Kaye's perspective on art and life when I needed him?
For too many years I approached life like I approached that art class: Tell me the rules and I will do my best to follow them to the letter. In a word, I majored in legalism.
Looking at life as a canvas that I can splash with color? That speaks to me of God's grace. Big, bold, uncontrollable grace.
What if the paint ends up somewhere I wasn't planning for it to go? Rather than seeing it as a mistake, how about I step back and admire that wonderful touch of green . . . right there.
Unplanned. Unexpected. Perfect.
Have some fun today. Go throw some paint on the canvas of your life!
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