Painting with Boldness: Sharing our Story without Fear
“Your painting in pastels.Â Don’t be afraid to use some darker colors and even dabble in some reds. The bricks around old windows had so much character.” The art teacher encouraged me. We are such unique and vivid creations! Do we leave our bold mark on the world? My son’s suicide hasÂ caused me to paint life with a bit more risky colors.
God came to earth in the form of a tiny baby, born in a manger, announced by angels, and celebrated by shepherds and wise men.Â Jesus died on the cross for all of us, and on the third day rose again. Talk aboutÂ painting with boldÂ color! God reveals his love for us openly. He does not try to hide it.
The disciples went from hiding to boldly declaring what they had seen and heard. We have this impression that the apostle Paul was naturally a bold person, but there are several indications otherwise. Acts 18:9-11 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, â€œDo not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.â€ 11And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. When Paul met Jesus he was murdering Christians. He had a lot of reasons to hide his new found faith–people hated him! Paul was encouraged along the way towards boldness by God and his fellow believers.
I ask that you pray for me to proclaim Christ boldly! Fear hinders many of us from sharing our lives with others, we tend to speakÂ in pastels. I pray for you to paint the gospel boldly, as well.