A Great Weekend and a Word on Pacing…

Posted: November 4, 2013 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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I had a great weekend this past weekend preaching and painting at Curryville Church of the Brethren. Pastor David Stiles and his folks there provided a very warm and inviting environment and it was one of those weekends that, in spite of missing my family, seemed to go by too fast. I did four messages from my Story: Parables of Jesus presentation, plus an additional spontaneous painting (the lion) inspired by the performance of the band “Them Preachers” performance of mighty to save. It was a really nice event and the Spirit of God was moving.

One of the things I really enjoyed was that fact that though I am a speed painter, two of the services were accompanies by extended musical performances giving me about a half hour to paint rather than my standard 12 (or less) minutes. This did however give me something to think about. The first night (Friday) I did the parable of the sower in which I painted the first painting of Jesus sowing seeds. I was painting while a wonderful pianist did a beautiful piano recital. Basically she as to play for a half an hour and in her last number a dancer was going to do am interpretive dance after which I would begine preaching. The music was beautiful, very calming and soothing, and I was painting with the flow. I was doing just fine when I noticed a flurry of motion behind me. I turned to glance and realized it was the dancer. Time was almost up and I was not as “done” as I would have liked to have been. Now there was a second flurry of motion, ME, flying around to get the piece done.

Why do I share this? Because it’s really easy to get out of the flow of life. My deadline was approaching, I should have been able to finish easily but I slowed down and got off pace. In our creative lives, we all face deadlines, things that need to be done and it’s really easy to get off pace. Getting distracted, procrastinating, etc., leaves us pressured at the end to make the deadline. I know a lot of people say they work better under pressure, but I’m not convinced that’s true. Better to keep your pace and plug away until you reach your goal.

Are you on pace today? What are you putting off until the last minute? What distractions are taking you off pace? How can you get back on track and avoid deadline mayhem?

Thanks again to Curryville Church of the Brethren for a wonderful weekend.

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