“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.”
Thomas Szasz, psychiatrist, academic, author
How our life turns out is up to us. What we do with this self God created is up to us. We make the choices that determine how our life turns out. However you want to put it, the message is the same. Life doesn’t just happen to us. Things happen to us, then we decide how to use those things to make the life we want. It’s an old illustration, but good just the same. Any good piece of art has dark and light. Any good piece of music has low and high notes. What makes the piece of music or art good is how the artist uses those parts to make the whole piece meaningful and even beautiful. You have to have the midnight to really appreciate the dawn, and when the light of a new day shows itself, you can experience it with fresh hope, gratitude and energy to use the new opportunities you’ve been given. Another truth of the matter: it’s the heart of the artist that makes the difference. Art doesn’t just happen. It is thoughtfully, but joyfully created. It is the expression of a full, bold, confident heart that has the courage to share. What does your heart have to say? What are you creating from the raw materials of your life? You’re the artist of your life. You have to pick up the brush and paint. The canvas is waiting.
“A good man (or woman) out of the good treasure of her heart brings forth good …”
Luke 6:45a (NKJV)