Posts Tagged ‘thank you’

I just updated the booking pages of my web site. I moved the 2018 schedule to my past speaking engagements page. I have now gone over 250 speaking engagements in 18 states since I started keeping records in 2012. I continue to be amazed at how many places I have been, how many lifelong friends I have made and how incredibly blessed I am to be allowed to do what I do. To God be the glory.

So if you’re one of the people that has had me in, Thank you. If you have yet to have me in, I’d love to come and do what I do for you. I am so grateful for this calling on my life and I am especially grateful to all the people who trust me to stand before their congregations.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Looking forward to more ministry in 2019 and beyond. How can I serve you?

sunrisesunsetSaturday I was honored to participate in the retirement dinner of a dear friend, trusted mentor and brother in Christ. Craig Smith has served as District Executive in our area for the entire duration of my ministry. He and his wife Vicki have been a source of encouragement and wisdom throughout this journey of mine. He has always encouraged me in using my gift of art in ministry and to make sure not to overlook the other gifts as well. He was the one who took a burned out “young” pastor who was under attack aside and reminded him (me) that the position of Savior is taken, words I will never forget. He has managed to guide a very diverse district through some great and difficult times and is the kind of leader I aspire to be.

It’s probably no surprise that my participation in the evening was to do a live painting. It was first suggested that I do a live portrait of them, but I declined that. I’m not a great portrait artist to begin with and to try to do one in under a day, let alone under an hour, would have been virtually impossible, at least to the degree of excellence I would have desired for two people who have meant so much to me. (There’s a lesson there for all my creative friends, know who you are and know what you do best, theres nothing wrong with saying “I don’t think I can do that well in the time allotted, but what if we tried…”) Instead I picked a subject I have done before, but that can never be done the same way twice. It was a subject that I have always loved to do because of the amazing array of colors, but most importantly it perfectly sums up what the evening was all about.

I call it Sunrise/Sunset, because the fact of the matter is on canvas, you can’t tell one from the other. I asked which it was, a sunrise or a sunset? Then I joked that it depends which wall you hang it on, if it’s on an east wall, it’s a sunrise and a west wall makes it a sunset. In reality it is like my friend’s career. This portion of his journey has come to an end and his successor will have big shoes to fill, but in spite of the fact that it was a retirement dinner, his career goes on in other ways. He and Vicki move into a coaching role. I have no doubt that they will continue to bless, encourage and challenge people for years to come. The sun is setting on one adventure, but rising on another. This happens to us all. One door closes and another begins. My prayer is this quickly painted painting encourages them for years to come, because they certainly have encouraged me.

Who has encouraged you? How would you pay them tribute using your gift?

No not my wife and me. That was months ago. No it’s our anniversary, yours and mine. The AMOKArts blog started four years ago today. Now of course AMOKArts started a long time before that, but I have been posting to this address for four years now and I for one have been blessed. I have gotten to meet so many great people through this channel, I have found so many great things when searching for content and I have had so many great experiences with God while trying to generate content. I’ve posted to this page over 1300 times because God is faithful.

In the coming months, my hope is to generate some new and different stuff. I don’t just want to have a monologue, I want this to be a conversation. I want this to be a community and a lifeline to solving your creative problems. I want it to be a place where we can support and help each other. I want it to be a teaching point and the most valuable portal to creative ministry on the web or at least the best one I can make it.

Thanks for four years. You have blessed me and I want to bless you. If I can answer your questions, help you start something, create something for you, etc. I want to.

Ministering to the Creative Soul Free E-book, Dave WeissFor starters, here is a little gift. If you haven’t downloaded it already, here is my book, Ministering to the Creative Soul as a free download.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

It’s a beautiful day and I have the day off and it would be really easy to just jump into this day with abandon and make the most of it. But first I need to pause and say thank you. Thank you to all those we remember on this day: those who gave their lives and those who gave of themselves to make a better world. People often say they would give their lives or a cause but a relative few actually do that and thank God. There is something, though, that we all can do. We can all take time out of our busy lives to make a difference for someone else. So today help someone, serve someone, take a moment to bless someone in big or small ways. Love requires sacrifice. Think of the One who died to save us, the One who bought for us the truest freedom there is.

He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” You don’t have to die to lay down your life. You just need to go out of your way to help someone else.

How will you use this day to remember and to be memorable?

I know we’re past thanksgiving but since every day should be thanksgiving, I wanted to pass this video along as a reminder for all the things we have for which to be grateful and to say thank you to all of you for being a part of this ministry.