Coloring for peace …

“So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ.” Hebrews 6:1

imageThere is a woman who presents a program in which she teaches adults to color as a way to find peace. They use various mediums–pens that look like your painting with a brush, water pencils and crayons that allow you to smear the color to give it a softer appearance. I was invited to one of the parties and for the first time since I was a child I got out of my adult head and just colored. For a couple of hours I forgot about everything going on in my life. The first picture I created hangs on my wall in my office to remind me that I don’t have to be so serious all the time.

In Hebrews, we are put to task–give up our childish “fingerpainting exercises” and grow up in Christ. How do we do that? We can start by praying beyond the “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest” or “Now I lay me down to sleep”… and talk to God as an adult. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be child-like in our prayers with children. They will have plenty of time to grow up in Christ, just as we continually grow in our faith.

Lord, give me crayons to color the path of my faith growth. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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