by Suni Bradford
We were on a well-deserved weekend trip in the bay area. We were strolling along the pier enjoying the sea air, the sound of seagulls and knick-knack shops, when we stumbled upon an art gallery nestled back in a corner. There were many different types of art. The collections were directed to all types of tastes and personalities. There were beautiful, creative and then there were the pieces that I thought were very bizarre and some downright scary. I have pondered on what the artist’s thoughts and feelings were at the time they created their works of art. How they must get out a lot of different emotions out through this form of release.
What a fun way to praise and relieve stress. I can see it now.
Praise music cranked up
Easel, canvas & paintbrush
Paint & painting apron
Think of all the money they save on therapy! I’m just kidding, not everyone needs therapy, that’s what we have girlfriends, mentors and prayer partners for.
I know that I’ve had beautiful, creative, bizarre and some downright scary emotions and perspectives on things in my life and my surroundings. I have been resistant to change, in some areas through the years. Actually I’ve been downright stubborn and lazy about it, I’m not sure why because resistance usually doesn’t feel good (unless I’m on a healthy eating plan and resisting a brownie).
Realizing that I do at times need a paradigm shift in some of my thought patterns. I’ve found the best way to do this is, talking to God, listening to God and reading His word. I am a sinner that fights with impatience and intolerance when things don’t go my way. Sounds like a spoiled brat, huh? Anyone else?
A video on youtube named Paradigm shift by Fellowship Bible Church Littlerock, AR. hit a little to close to home because it pointed out to me my selfishness and self-centeredness. www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlRK1vqcuvg
I feel comforted that God has the bird’s eye view of our lives and He has planted the desire to be transformed into His likeness in my heart. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Now it’s up to me to get it into my mind. To change my perspective will be a constant discipline but the payoff comes when having compassion and loving others comes a little more natural. Take a look at Philippians 4:8, as Paul’s gives us direction as to our thoughts 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
I pray God is pulling on your heartstrings as well to live intentionally in thoughts and actions today.
Love to all, Suni