When the Spirit Moves You to Edit…

Posted: December 14, 2015 in Art for Sale, books
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I’m working on this adult coloring book project and I am rounding third and heading for home with it. Again, this is a general market project, not specifically for the Christian Market. I am having a great time working on this but I’ve written about that before. I would have been finished some time ago, except that as I looked at the work, I began to see that there are two books in my one book, so I decided to split the project into two books, which will release simultaneously, I think.

Then something happened. I woke up one night feeling very uneasy. I really don’t like when that happens, but often it feels like God might be trying to get my attention. I believe this was one of those times. Let me first say, I have not drawn anything inappropriate or anything that I would not show my congregation. There’s nothing in this collection of nearly 80 drawings (so far) that I am ashamed of, but as I began to think and pray, a couple of the images began to stand out as something that could lead someone astray. Even though this is a general market book, my first consideration must always be what does God want. My sensitivities were not triggered by these images, but I trust that the Lord knows the heart of every person who will end up with this book and if He reveals something to me, my intent is irrelevant. If I don’t want to be guilty of leading someone astray, I must heed his voice and do what I feel Him leading me to do. In this case, that means a couple drawings I worked really hard on are going to have to be chopped. Also I have come under conviction on the name Mandala. Mandalas are closely associated with eastern religious practices. That’s not what this is about for me. I just feel that the repeating patterns will be enjoyable to my readers, not to mention me as I create them. I have decided to entitle my work something more neutral. I see these pieces as if I were looking through a kaleidoscope so I am going to call them “Kaleidoscopics.”

This may sound aggravating, but whether or not I am creating for Christians or the general market, my first consideration must be doing God’s will and bringing Him glory, followed closely by not leading anyone astray.

A wise man once said the most important commandment was to love the Lord with all your heart soul and mind, followed closely buy love your neighbor as yourself. If we are faithful, We will accomplish both. If you feel the Spirit leading you to edit, just do it.

You’ll probably be glad you did.

Look for Kaleidoscopics I and Kaleidoscopic Creatures I coming soon to a web site near you.

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