Merry Christmas my friends! I am so thankful that God has said to us, “I love you, but you have a problem: sin. This problem must be dealt with. But don’t worry, I have provided a way for you to receive salvation. I have given you the greatest gift of all, my son. He will take your sin upon himself so that I can have a relationship with you.” Thank you God for this gift of love and grace.
One of the ways I have celebrated the season is that I designed this festive cover for the December issue of the InRLA Newsletter at my internship. I created the illustration with ink and watercolor and then scanned it in. I was glad that my supervisor gave me the creative freedom to design the cover.
The other day in my Media Design class we watched an “inspirational video” of sorts. The main point of the video was that you should find out what brings you the most satisfaction in life and not let anyone get in your way in order to accomplish it. It was said that YOU have the power to do whatever you are passionate about and you are 100% in control; that you should achieve your own impossibilities. But here are my questions: WHY? If you follow this advice, what are you living for besides yourself? Haven’t you ever wondered who gave you your deepest desires? Where does your motivation come from? Isn’t there a greater purpose out there???
Simply looking within my flawed self and discovering my own selfish desires does not seem like a worthy purpose to live my life for. Don’t get me wrong, many of our desires are noble ones that were put inside of us by God. God has given each of us unique talents and abilities and we should use them to further his kingdom. I intend to be a creative designer—what I love doing, what I was created to do—in a way that brings glory to God and points others to the good news of His salvation. I consider this a small way to give back to the One who gave me EVERYTHING. He gave me life, He created everything that is beautiful, He suffered and died on my behalf. I owe everything to Him. The only thing that we can take with us when we die is our own self and other people. That is why I want my purpose to be eternal, not temporary.