Painting a picture, Taking a Picture (a crazy rant)

Why am I talking about painting a picture vs. taking a picture? It all comes down to perspective. If you set up a bowl of fruit in a classroom and ask a group of students to paint that bowl of fruit.. they will interpret that bowl of fruit.. each one in their own way. Nothing has changed about that bowl of fruit. But if you have 24 students.. you're likely to get 24 different versions of that bowl of fruit.. (unless someone sneaks a printing press into the classroom.) The colors, texture, size, angle, lines and all will be somewhat different. If you have each student take a picture. The pictures may be different sizes and angles.. they may print it in black and white, but what is captured on that roll of film is what was seen and represented for that point in time in that classroom.
      We all have our own perspective on life matters. We paint our own picture. So, how do I see life through your eyes? I don't have the answer. How do we step back and take a picture. When does that painting become a lie? Like i said,  I don't have all the answers. But I do know where to look for answeres when I'm confused, offended, discouraged, hurt and can't see the picture clearly.--

Psalm 17 (niv)

A prayer of David.
 1 Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea;
       listen to my cry.
       Give ear to my prayer—
       it does not rise from deceitful lips.
 2 May my vindication come from you;
       may your eyes see what is right.
 3 Though you probe my heart and examine me at night,
       though you test me, you will find nothing;
       I have resolved that my mouth will not sin. 

i could just go from cover to cover with words that fill me with joy and gladdness.. the  next chapter says

Psalm 18 (New International Version)

1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.

 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
       my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
       He is my shield and the horn [a] of my salvation, my stronghold.
 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
       and I am saved from my enemies.
 4 The cords of death entangled me;
       the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
 5 The cords of the grave [b] coiled around me;
       the snares of death confronted me.
 6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
       I cried to my God for help.
       From his temple he heard my voice;
       my cry came before him, into his ears. 

24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
       according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
 25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
       to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
 26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
       but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
 27 You save the humble
       but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
 28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
       my God turns my darkness into light. 

 Whatever we do, Do it in love... say it in love, paint a new picture for someone else in Love. If it is not accepted in love do as the old prophets would do, .. dust off your heels  and go your way.


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