I actually started my first elephant painting months before I knew I was going to Thailand. I had a sudden inspiration to create so I grabbed paints and my canvas and added color until something started to come alive. I worked on it slowly, it was intentional. I was learning to enjoy the process rather than looking for the finish line.
I wasn’t actually even finished with my first elephant painting when we had a meeting to discuss the mission trip to Thailand back in October. I volunteered to go immediately. Then I thought to ask about details...like how much does this cost.
After prayer and conversation with friends, I settled on the idea of a raffle and decided to continue my elephant theme - in keeping with Thailand. My inspiration piece was moving me forward long before I knew it had a purpose. I love when I walk in faith and God shows me every moment had a reason. Now He is combining so many things I love into one amazing opportunity and teaching me a new lesson as well. My first elephant painting was an exercise in patience. All of the rest are an exercise in discipline.
Here is my 3rd painting that is still available for raffle, Mr. Big Bad Leroy Brown. Thank you so much to those who have already entered!!
“Perception is your ultimate reality even when it’s not the ultimate truth. Your reality dictates your actions.” -Pastor Mike
Before I started this raffle for my mission trip to Thailand I was living out the reality that I couldn’t do this. I didn’t have the time, the talent or the voice. And the worst perception I held? No one cares. All lies.
I can make the time, hello 4 am, with practice I will continue to develop the ability and I am the one who isn’t using my voice. Oh, and people do care. When I would believe someone was being intentionally negative or neglectful towards me what I discovered is I was only thinking about myself and not considering what is going on in their life. There’s always another side to the story, it just takes time and energy to figure it out. So I’m taking the time and energy for the people I care about, including myself. This project is very involved, each piece takes hours to complete, but I have committed so I’m seeing this through.
I once heard it said “don’t half ass anything, whatever you do, use your full ass.” Wise words.