Big Lessons in Small Matters


In the past year, I started sketching and water-coloring as means to relate with the students who are interested in Visual Arts. Even though I graduated from Design Schools, drawing was never my strong suit. Nevertheless, I dived head-first into a world of ink and colors, lines and shapes. 

One key early lesson in water-coloring is that every stroke is remembered on the paper. The amount of water and the way the paint is shifted around the paper with your brush all play a part on the artwork when it is dry. This means that mistakes are quite easily made. We can try to cover up and paint over, but to the trained eye, mistakes with water-colour artwork can still be seen. 

In gospel sharing, there are times when I have been too pushy or made sweeping statements that I had to spend much time afterwards back-pedalling the conversations. To my non-Christian friend, these mistakes are obvious and might confuse or distract them from the true message of God’s saving grace. Very much like using too much water or painting a wrong color, my mistakes in the way I present the gospel can make God’s perfect picture look weird and warped. 

Thankfully gospel sharing is not a water-colour painting, as opportunities to share the gospel again and to share it rightly usually come around once more. But second chances should not be the excuse for irresponsible sharing. Presenting the gospel responsibly means taking a careful approach to speak it truthfully and clearly, like a good stroke of paint on a blank canvas. 

Joel serves in the EDGE ministry, doing Visual Arts.