promophotoIt’s not JUST about the art… 

AMOKArts is about PASSION
It’s about a passion to know Jesus and make Him known.

AMOKArts is about VISION
It’s about helping people to find God’s plan and purpose for their lives, to find and use their gifts to glorify God, serve others and make the world a better place.

AMOKArts is about MISSION
It’s about helping churches to empower their people to be all God intended them to be so the church can fulfill the mission God has given them.

I want to help people and churches to have a passion for Jesus, live their vision and accomplish their mission. Art is the tool, but it’s all about Jesus. I’d love to come to your church, participate in your program, paint and call and help people find and use their gifts to serve the Lord. Contact me today!

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eatanelephantWell I did it again. I have a project before me that is huge and the deadline is creeping up, fast. Also to some degree the project is getting bigger with some unexpected new ideas that will make the project look better and work better. The improvements add time to an already expansive project. I woke up on the morning I wrote this wondering “Can I pull it off?”

The truth is, this is one of those rare cases where failure is not an option. Some people I love and care about very deeply, whose mission I fully support, need me to come through. This must be done and it must be done well and on time. No other option. So how will I do it?

Well there’s an old saying, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is really pretty simple, “One bite at a time.” And that is how I am going to finish this project. One bite at a time.

I’ve know the project was coming for months, but I only got the final materials a week ago. If I waited for those final materials, right now I would be having panic attacks. This is a big elephant. Since I knew it was coming, I also knew there would be some preliminary work I knew I could get done ahead of time. So even before I had all that I needed I got to work, I chipped away at the preliminaries and I’m in decent shape.

There is still a huge amount of work to be done, and this is not my only project but the one bite at a time philosophy helps with this as well. You know how sometimes you’ll burn out on a project or you’ll simply lose inspiration. Well when I lost passion for this project, I switch to taking bites out of another one and vice versa. This way I am making continual steps in my journey.

I also try hard not to waste time. When the family is sitting around in the evening watching TV, I have my sketchbook or my laptop in my lap, plugging away at the more mindless tasks-those that can be done while I am also engaging with family so that my family is getting my attention. Please note: this works for activities like watching TV where we are all engaged in something else. It would not work if we were playing a game or having a deep conversation. For things like that put your work down and pick it up later.

This week I am traveling. One leg of my trip will involve about 16 hours on planes and in airports, another is about 12 hours. I will spend a lot of this time “eating the elephant” unless God gives me a divine appointment to speak into someone’s life.

Lastly, you can accomplish amazing things by getting up an hour earlier, so I will do this as well.

It would be easy to go into a panic over whether or not I can get this done. It’s really important to me to do it well, but I won’t panic. Worry is imagination misused. Instead I plan on “eating the elephant.”

One bite at a time.

What’s your elephant?

Dave Weiss Pop Art FocusWell if the Lord wills by the time you read this I will be into my first day at the Creative Church Conference. You might be wondering why I am not posting live from the event. Well the truth is, I left my laptop in home. No, it wasn’t a hazard of speedy packing, it was intentional. You see, my goal at this conference is to share everything I can, help anyone I can and to learn everything I can learn and connect with an even greater connection to my God. The laptop will be a distraction.

This may seem an odd choice for one of the panelists in the building online community workshop, but again it is intentional. The truth is pretty simple. Being online is extremely tempting and it can be hard to stay on task. It’s far too tempting to follow the latest controversy on Facebook or mess with my Twitter feed or start chatting or working on a project or any one of a number of things that will not keep me in the moment. This week, I need to be in the moment.

I love and value you all very highly and I have no doubt that when I return I will be even more fired up and much better equipped to serve the people God has given me. That is worth my intentionality.

If you’re interested in following my journey at the conference “live,” I hope to post some photos from my phone via Instagram on Facebook. If we’re not already friends on Facebook, we should be, so friend me.

For the next few days, I will not be around. Lord willing, as you are reading this, I will be somewhere on my journey between my home in Pennsylvania and the Creative Church Conference in Boise, ID. I am looking forward to an awesome time of learning and sharing with like-minded creatives from all over the world. Have no fear, there will still be content here each day and look forward to a major recap when I get back Tuesday, July 29 and no doubt many new ideas in the weeks to come. Keep me in your prayers that I might teach and learn well, and find some time to recharge and renew. God is good.

Til then unless something happens, I’ll be running A.M.O.K. in Idaho. Thanks to the folks at VineArts Boise, The New Renaissance and everyone else who is making this great event, and my participation in it, possible.

Creative Church Conference

Creative Church Conference

This video is a reenactment of something that allegedly happened when Albert Einstein was a school boy. Some people believe it happened, others say it’s an urban legend. Did Einstein truly say these words? I have no idea. What I do know is the words in this video are truth. They are words to remember, and something important to share.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles BackdropsHi My name is Dave and I have lived a blessed life… All glory goes to God.

  • So far in my life, I have worked for a licensee of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who also owned a Batmobile.
  • While I was a youth leader at a small church in the middle of a cornfield, I served on a writing team/think tank with the youth pastor of the Crystal Cathedral and another guy whose work was all over the youth specialties catalog.
  • In a few days I am going to be doing a workshop at a conference whose other speakers include the creative arts guy at one of the largest, most influential churches in the world.
  • I have published numerous books on art, creativity, and creative arts ministry.
  • I have a speaking ministry that has allowed me to minister in 14 states so far.

“Wow, Dave a little boastful for a Monday morning.” you might be thinking. I don’t share this to boast, because this is not for me, it’s for you. I share this because on paper, I don’t look qualified for any of these great opportunities. I was simply too stupid to know I wasn’t qualified. Instead if I saw something I wanted to do, I worked hard, gave it my best and put myself out there and when I did, the door opened.

Now please don’t get me wrong. I have also wondered how many other great opportunities I have missed out on because I got scared and mentally disqualified myself. Sometimes it’s better to be “stupid.”

Cause here’s the thing. There are two ways to be stupid. The first is to ignore what the world says qualifies you and step out in faith and in the knowledge you can do what God gives you to do. The second is to look at something you know in your heart you could do if you had the opportunity, figure out why you’re not qualified and pass. The first one really isn’t stupid and the second is a great way to feel regretful and stupid.

So be bold, try for the things that will stretch you. The worst they can say is no. It’s called a leap of faith and God has a habit of rewarding those.

A flying machine was a stupid pipe dream until the Wright brothers made one that worked.
I’m sure the people who made candles thought Thomas Edison was an idiot.
I doubt the first person to look upon Picasso’s first cubist piece, saw genius.
No all those people saw what common sense said couldn’t or shouldn’t be done and did it anyway.

Be the right kind of stupid.

notmymonkeysMy wife has this saying. I’m not sure where she picked it up, but I like it. “Not My Circus… Not MY Monkeys!” It’s a reminder that there are things for which we are responsible and things for which we are not. It’s a really helpful saying especially for those of us who are in leadership. It can be really easy to take the blame for everything that goes wrong. To some extent, the buck stops here and yes we are our brothers keeper but we also live in a broken and fallen world and sometimes we can take unnecessary responsibility.

You are not God. The position of savior has been taken by one who is SOOO much mightier than you and me. So next time, rather than trying to own the problems of the world, take it to God in prayer and trust Him. If there is something you can do in the physical world, He will reveal it. Otherwise it’s His “circus…”

Pray without ceasing and trust He can handle it!
(If you need a reminder of this in your life… Click the image.)

One of the things I really want to do this year is create some more products for my Zazzle store. Mainly it’s just for fun, but of course the sales from these things help me to keep running A.M.O.K. This one is pretty much just for fun.