I have to admit that I am not very artistic in the “painting, sketching and sculpting” departments. However, I have found an artistic outlet in scrapbooking which I think Mrs. Schaeffer would totally approve of.
However, there are people who ARE artistic in these areas, and Mrs. Schaeffer gives some very good ideas for how you can use these talents to beautify your everyday living.
You could paint murals on your walls at home or decorate a letter with sketches (of course, who writes letters anymore, but that’s a subject for another post).
To-do lists can be softened and made more enjoyable to look at with some drawings. I have always resisted printed out to-do lists that you just fill in. I like to write things out in my own way. I don’t often do anything to pretty them up, but when I do I feel like I’ve already accomplished something which spurs me on to tackle my list.
Handmade place cards are more special than something you print off the internet even if they’re not as pretty. My children enjoy doing this “chore” when we’re having company and need place cards so everyone can easily find their places.
The part I find most fascinating in this chapter is how Mrs. Schaeffer would illustrate her husband’s sermons for her children and later grandchildren so they could have a great understanding of what was being preached. Using simple drawings and stick figures she would draw out the main points. Not only did this hold the children’s attention, but it also enabled them to the review the sermon with someone else and have a record to look back on later. Several pages of Mrs. Schaeffer’s illustrations are included. I think even I could do this.
She also talks about drawing pictures out when we journal about our spiritual walk or write out our prayers…
If sketching is your sort of comminication, use it with other human beings, but remember that your communication with God is to be not less vivid than with men, but more vivid and real.
Don’t lock this talent inside you just because you don’t have time to do it “officially”. Artistry can add to the beauty of your daily life.
How do you use art in your daily life?