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“But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, New English Translation). I grow ugly houseplants. Not intentionally—I just don’t have a green thumb. I also can’t bear to throw out a plant that still has any life showing. Even if it is misshapen, with brownish spots, and unattractive. One such plant now lives by a bright sunny window of my home. There’s Life! The plant in question came to me in a strange way. A friend and I offered to pick someone up following a medical test.…

The value of something is the price you are willing to pay for it. In the case of Impressionist art, an anonymous bidder at an NYC auction was willing to pay 110.7 million dollars for Claude Monet’s ‘Meules’ painting. 110.7 million dollars. If Monet only knew the impact his paintings would have in the 21-st century. You may think the talent you possess is insignificant. Maybe you are hesitant to fully pursue your calling because you fear failing or you dread people rejecting your heart. It makes me think—how many famous works of art were thrown away because their creator…

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14, KJV. Blank Canvas A few years ago I bought two blank canvases, acrylic paint, and paintbrushes. I purchased these items with the intention of painting, but when I arrived home I packed them in a storage closet. From time to time, I would take the canvases out, look at them, and then put them back. I was hesitant about painting on them because I did not want to ruin them by making a mistake and I…