Back in the fall when my son headed back to college his roommate asked me to do a painting for their living room. Y’all!! I was so touched! I mean, you know not many young people, especially young men, appreciate “real” art, but he’s an exceptional young man so I shouldn’t have been surprised. He had liked a painting I had done a while back, but needed a specific size. Unfortunately, shortly after he asked me my life got crazy so I didn’t get a chance to work on it til a few weeks ago, but finally this is what I came up with:
When we discussed what he may want he mentioned that he had thought about a map and I guess my subconscious remembered because this is what came out. This was not preconceived and I was pleasantly surprised when my painting alluded to that image. When I asked if he had a favorite quote or bible verse he gave me this which I wrote on the canvas and then painted over:
”No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
I can’t tell y’all how appropriate this verse is for this young man. He is very driven and dedicated not only in his academics, but in all things. When I was finished I couldn’t help but think how the painting, the verse and the young man just fit. God was definitely guiding my hands. I told my son I was naming it “The Prize” and that this young man’s prize will be the world because he certainly deserves it!
Here are some close ups:
Our son is blessed with remarkable friends and we are so fortunate that he gets to live with this exceptional young man. It makes it a little easier knowing he is surrounded with goodness.
Here’s to hoping you’re running a good race and that you achieve “the prize” that you are working toward.