Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Like every other little child I dipped my fingers in paint and smeared them on paper. I laughed and played as I painted without a care in the world. Mom and Dad proudly hung my masterpieces on the refrigerator--that great art gallery of the home.
But the cares of the world eventually took over my life as I grew up. I got married, had a career, and gave birth to six children. My life was full.
Then one day I met a man named Allen Montague who was showing his paintings. As I looked at them, my heart beat faster and an excitement bubbled up inside of me. He told me how he painted without brushes; he painted with his fingers. The little girl inside of me responded with delight: I want to do this too! So I learned what I had forgotten, and I became a fingerpainter.
Fingerpainting requires a childlike heart. There is no perfection; mistakes are forgivable. There is no control; freedom is encouraged. It's messy, it's fun; and it's beautiful.
But fingerpainting means even more to me. It's worship. When I paint, it is for my Heavenly Father, the Ultimate Artist, the Creator of all things. I come to Him in the simplicity of childlike faith and joy that is expressed in the simplest of artistic forms.
Just like each one of us, "FingerPrints" are unique and individual. It is my heart you will find your unique gifts and individual purpose through relationship with Jesus Christ.
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago" (Ephesians 2:10 New Living Translation).