Several years ago, I was having a conversation with our youth minister, Matt Wilson. We were discussing plans for an upcoming youth retreat we were co-directing. He knew of my son’s artistic talents and asked if I thought he would be willing “paint something”. I learned long ago not to volunteer my family members for things like this. So, I suggested that he ask him.
Not long after this Matt talked with my son Ben about what we had in mind. Ben told him that he would give it a try.
That he did, too! Like many young people I know, Ben has been blessed with a variety of talents. He is very artistic. As a father whose primary concern is with his son’s spiritual development, it is soul-satisfying to see him using these talents to inspire and encourage others in their walk with the Lord. If you will permit me a moment of indulgence as a proud father, I’d like to invite you to take a look at some of Ben’s work. You can do so by visiting his blog, impressionsofjesus.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that, during the weekend that Ben first tried his hand at painting for Jesus, other family members were offering their lives in service to the Lord.
— Luke, my oldest son, was the keynote speaker for the weekend, delivering a series of compelling lessons under the theme of “Mission Possible”.
— Matt, my #2 son, was Activities Director. Additionally, he brought out his guitar and performed a stellar concert for our entertainment on Saturday night.
— My daughter Abby was still a camper at this time, but she served as my consultant concerning all things “cool”. She has transitioned into a leadership role, as well, serving as a counselor.
— My dear wife Telesa also joined the party. She provided delectable delights as the head cook for the weekend.
God has blessed me with a wonderful family, not just because they tolerate me, but because they make serving the Lord such a joyful and exciting adventure. Praise the Lord!
Blessings to all,
P.S. I should note that one of our blogging friends, Maggie of Magnanimity, graciously helped Ben set up his blog. She also designed the custom header. She is a very busy lady, who went the second, third and fourth miles to help with this project. Thanks, Maggie!