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“Period” Art Words: “Begin a New Day”- Part Five

I am reminded that it will be my attitude which determines, at the end of the day, whether it has been a “good” or “bad” day. We all face our share of challenges every day, and it is our attitude toward those “challenges,” more than anything else, which will determine the effect those challenges will have on our day … and, on the way others will view us.

As we’ve written, we don’t spend a lot of time promoting our online store, through any of our “social” outlets, as the purpose is never about us. Our sole intention will continue to be to bless, encourage, and inspire others, through whatever means we have. I feel that this is a great way, a great attitude to have as we face a new day: How can we bless others today? How can we show God’s love to those around us? How can we witness to others … through our actions-and our attitudes today?

We have been blessed to have been allowed to serve so many, and still consider it a privilege to continue to do so. Over the years, we have had close to 1,000 products on our store at one time, but the original “products” we started with, along with our plaques, was the artwork. In fact, the very first order we received was for a work of Christian art, shipping to Antioch, Tennessee. We believe in being loyal to friends … even if we’re in the same business. So, as long as we are in business, and it is still available to us, we’ll feature the Christian Calligraphy Art. In the near future, we will begin the new phase of our business, featuring Art Prints with the writing of Richard. Vincent. Rose. available in framed art. This will be a “New Day” for us … but, we will continue to honor our friend and favorite artist, by featuring her artwork …

Which leads us to the actual artwork entitled “Begin a New Day.” This is where this series began, and it will conclude with the words and art featured on our online store. Great art should always inspire us … and, make us think. In this case, just this one art print has led to five different posts, and several pages of writing. And, a lot of thinking.

We have been so blessed to be allowed to encourage, inspire, bless-and challenge our friends with artwork just like this. I wanted to write about the words themselves, but the words themselves just, simply, speak for themselves. We always say that when it comes to our writing, it is always about the words … and, always will be. It is true, also, in the “artwork” which we are privileged to carry. This is a classic example:
It reminds us that every day is a direct gift from God. A gift, freely given to us. What are we going to do with it? We’ll never get this day back … so, each day carries with it a tremendous price paid for it … will we use it for positive or negative? It speaks again to so many posts we have written, that the best way to start the day … is to go to the One who has given you this gift.

Here are the words to “Begin a New Day”:

“This is the beginning of a new
day. The Lord has given me this day to use
as I will. I can waste it, or I can use it
for good. What I do today is important
because I am exchanging a day of my life
for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be
gone forever, leaving in its place something I have
traded for it. I want it to be gain: not loss … good:
… not evil … success: not failure … in order that I
may not regret the price I paid for it.”

Here’s a look at the way the art print looks:

Begin a new day artwork detail

We are honored and privileged to be allowed to serve others with messages like this one. We greatly appreciate those who tell us they stop by just to read the art, to be encouraged and blessed. That’s what the artwork, that’s what “the business” is all about.

We’ll close with a direct link to this work of art. From that page, you’ll be able to look around at the other artwork which we feature. We have tried to arrange the art by category to make it easier to browse around and find something you are specifically looking for:
“Begin a New Day” from Pastor Appreciation Gifts

 

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“Period” Art Words: “Begin a New Day”- Part Four

Hi Friends:

Well, as I begin Part Four, I am reminded that the original idea was a single post, intended to share with you a particular piece of artwork we feature over at our online store, Pastor Appreciation Gifts, entitled “Begin a New Day.” As with our writing, it will never be about the art … it’s always about the words … and, just thinking about the words to this artwork brought on a series, which we hope has blessed and encouraged you. I never know, when I begin to write that first sentence, what will follow. I mean, I have it all planned out … but, God will intervene, and … “here we go …”

I am reminded that God gave me an idea from the book of Haggai, and, as I began to write … and listen … it turned into an eight-part series. It was only about “Three Words,” but God turned it into several pages, over many, many days. Looks like it will also turn into a new book in the future. I just can’t say enough, how important it is to listen to God, to put yourself into a position to be used by Him, for Him, and through Him.

As I continue this “series” on “Begin a New Day,” I remember that, about 6 months ago, I started a series on “Road Reflections,” about our travels through the South … it has been 6 months now, and I haven’t finished it yet, and, in fact, haven’t written about the “series” in what seems like months … I’m ok with that, as long as I am led by the Spirit about what I write, and when …

One of my favorite stories about President John F. Kennedy is how often he would prepare a specific speech, for a specific time, for a specific audience … and, then … between the time that he would be introduced, and the time he had made his way up to the podium … he would deliver a totally different speech … completely from memory …

I am also reminded of what I have recently researched concerning Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in Washington, DC, on that day back in 1963. The day before (and days before), Dr. King, yes, prepared the speech that he knew could be the defining moment … and, prepared for the speech … The “I Have a Dream” segment was not part of the preparation … in fact, his closest advisor had strongly advised against using this “I Have a Dream” idea which Dr. King had already presented in speeches in other cities, prior … So, somewhere in the middle of Dr. King’s speech (the one which he was reading directly from, on the podium) … he heard the voice of legendary Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (who had performed earlier in the program), yelling to him … yelling at him … to talk about “The Dream,” the title of a similar speech she had heard him make in those other cities … So, Dr. King set aside the remainder of his prepared speech … and, spoke, with no notes, the speech which would define his life, and his mission to the world …

I should add that, according to my research, when Dr. King began the “I Have a Dream” portion of the speech, this “closest advisor” was not pleased … I can’t repeat what he said … but, let’s just say that he was not happy with the way the speech had turned … that Dr. King had relied on his heart alone to share his deepest “dreams,” and not what was “prepared” for him to say …

The night before Dr. King gave this speech, he was going over the prepared speech with his advisors, making final preparations, in a meeting room at the hotel. Abruptly, Dr. King left the meeting, to go up to his private room. The reason? Here’s what he said: “I’m going to consult with my Lord.”
You know how many were there to hear Dr. King’s words. They had planned for, maybe … maybe … 100,000. You know that 250,000 came. I have had the honor to speak in front of large crowds, and, it seems, the larger the audience, the larger the preparation. And, I’ll admit, the less the “ad-lib.” And, the more guests are performing/speaking on a program, the more closely you are expected to “stay with the program.” I can’t even imagine standing in front of a quarter-of-a-million people, and then just completely leaving the script behind, and (as we say in education), just “winging it.”

On that hot August day in 1963, there was a world-wide television audience, including President John F. Kennedy, watching from the White House. I have read what he said, as he watched the speech. Let’s just say he was impressed. Greatly impressed. Later that day, as Dr. King and other dignitaries associated with the event were guests at the White House, here are the 4 words with which President Kennedy greeted Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King: “I have a dream.”

I am reminded of a Bible study I attended a few years ago. The Pastor was the speaker, and he began the lesson by describing the impact which a few words he heard, early in his life, had made on him. How a few words, from one speech he had listened to, had affected the way he looked at his life and purpose today, and in the future. How this one speech had affected not only him, but an entire generation of Americans. The speech was President Kennedy’s Inauguration Speech, which he had heard live, as a teenager. The words revolved around the “Ask not what this country can do for you” portion of the speech.

That was 1961. Two years later, came the “Dream” speech. It could be said that, just like Abraham Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg (I try to never miss an opportunity!), these speeches’ power and affect would only be realized later … but, they would be realized … the question is always, “How fully?”

You just never know who may be listening to what you say. Or, to what you write.

I think I just realized that I must write a “Part Five.”

I had no idea that I would “go there” with this writing, but I am glad that I did. I want to be obedient to the call. His call. I am reminded, again, that God is not interested in capability … only availability …

Jesus gave the most powerful “speeches” in history … I also think of Paul, standing before kings … I don’t read of any mention of preparation for these speeches … I only read of the time they each spent in prayer … before the speeches … This “Begin a New Day” with prayer, and hearing from God is a powerful concept … and, I’m ok with that …

I am also reminded of the power of words. Your words. My words. Words you say. Words I say. Words you write. Words I write. How much prayer goes into each? If we “Begin a New Day” the “right way,” then I like our chances for the rest of the day.

Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.
The Gettysburg Address