I spent the week in Colorado Springs visiting my mother. I was also working with my brother George on some illustrations for a children’s book I have been intending to write for a long time. I finally thought it was time to quit talking about it and start doing something. Loved working with my brother and look forward to see how it all turns out.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.” ~ Pablo Picasso
Having just spent the week with my brother George, who is a professional artist, I came across this quote by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso. I immediately resonated with what Picasso said as I am quite aware that far too often I can be guilty of confusing the ‘intending’ to do something with the actual ‘doing’ of it.
VERSE FOR THE WEEK
2 Corinthians 2:14–16 (ESV) — But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
This has always been a fascinating and convicting verse. The more I meditate on it the more I am aware of the magnitude of what it is saying. The thought that I am ‘the fragrance of the knowledge of God to the world’ is so profound. I mustn’t be discouraged when people want nothing to do with me. Generally speaking, when this happens, it is because they want nothing to do with Christ.
Country singer Scotty McCreery just scored his first No. 1 hit, “Five More Minutes,” off his new album, “Seasons Change.” He tells Megyn Kelly that the song is about his late grandfather and performs it live before her studio audience.
Pardon my taking a moment to brag about my oldest son Joey. He has been the drummer for Scotty McCreery for the past 7 years. It has been a great experience for him and needless to say I am very proud of him. Joey has been playing the drums since he was 4 years old debuting with a professional jazz combo at his aunt’s wedding. In July of 2007 Joey moved his family to Nashville to follow his dream of being a professional drummer. His hard work and determination paid off. If you are an aspiring musician looking to make it a career you might want to listen to a podcast of an interview Joey did with Startup Musician. The interview gives you an idea of some of the things you might expect.
Scotty is quite a nice young man. Scotty and band are actually going to be playing at the Puyallup Fair on Friday, September 7th of this year. There is a touching video of Scotty and his grandfather here. Joey said he could get you all tickets if you are interested…JUST KIDDING…I wanted to see if you were reading my blog.
“It’s no big thing not being named. When you know inside yourself, who you are and what you are, does it matter?”
Many of us have seen the movie Hidden Figures. It is the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. I found this article interesting, especially the humility of Sheila Minor Huff, another hidden figure.
Illustrator Candace Jean Andersen was doing some research for a children’s book on orcas when she stumbled into a mystery. In an old article, she discovered a photo of scientists at the 1971 International Conference on the Biology of Whales in Virginia. And she noticed something: Amid the sea of male faces — 37 of them — was a lone woman, her face partially obscured.
“I think the future of evangelism is probably not filling stadiums with people and preaching to tens or hundreds of thousands at a time, but it’s you and me going out and speaking to people we meet along the way.”
Tim Challies is taking on an EPIC project in 2018 traveling the world to research church history. He is attempting to locate historical objects through which he can tell the story of the Christian faith. Some of you may have been following him in his journeys. If not, I would highly recommend it.
I found his stop in Australia to be especially interesting in light of his answer about what he was struck by when he visited Rome. You will find it in the first part of the video. I couldn’t agree more with Challies’ take on evangelism today and the direction it is headed.