"Hi, Mom," said Derek as he came into the house. "Want to see the picture I painted at school today?" He held out a paper with a scene of a lake and trees, with mountains in the background.
"This is really good!" exclaimed Mom. "You're a wonderful painter."
Derek beamed. "I think I'm going to be an artist when I grow up," he said. "I love to paint." He went to a drawer and took out a fresh piece of paper and some paints.
"Well, that would be great," said Mom with a smile, "if that's what you feel the Lord wants you to do." She pointed to the paper Derek had spread out on the kitchen table. "Have you ever looked at your blank paper and wondered what it will look like when you're done painting?" she asked.
"Of course. I always have something in mind when I start painting." Derek grinned at his mom. "But it doesn't always turn out the way I imagined it. Sometimes I do a good job, but other times I mess it all up."
Mom nodded. "Our lives are like that blank paper," she said. "And our choices are like the brush that applies the colors to the page, making something beautiful--or a mess!"
"But the brush doesn't paint by itself," said Derek. "It's the artist who chooses the colors and paints the picture. Whether it turns out good or bad depends on what he does."
"That's right," agreed Mom. "In our life pictures, we can either make ourselves the artists and paint things our own way, or we can let the Lord be the artist holding the brush and let Him guide us and shape our lives."
Derek looked at the blank page. "I never thought about my life like that," he said thoughtfully. "I think everyone's life would turn out better if they let God hold the brush!"
"I do, too," agreed Mom. "We need to give our lives to the Lord and ask Him to help us follow His will, not our own. He is the greatest Artist there is, and when we give Him control of our lives, He will make them into masterpieces!" --Mary Rose Pearson
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Who is painting the picture of your life? No matter how hard you try, you can’t paint a good life picture on your own. Everyone has already messed up their picture with sin, but God can erase sin by painting over it with the blood of Jesus! Give your life to Jesus and He will make it into a masterpiece.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Romans 6:13 (KJV)
Present yourselves… as instruments of righteousness to God.
*Verse displayed is NKJV