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TITLE: Use All The Colors in the Box
By Billie Buckley
04/12/06
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The target audience is Saturday morning newspaper readers for a faith and values column.
What adds color to your world? Our 5 grandchildren are always bringing color and life to my ho-hum days. Through the years the kitchen table has been turned into an artistís easel, a battle ground for games and even a ping-pong table. I find pleasure in watching them and learning from them. One of the greatest lessons they have taught me is to use all the colors in the coloring box.

Some folks, including myself, tend to use only one color. While teaching school, I was afraid if a child were asked to draw my picture he would respond, ďPass the gray color, please.Ē

What if someone were to draw a picture of your life right now? What colors would they use? Would they use?

Red for your energy and enthusiasm
Blue for your unending patience
Pink for your warmth and concern

We could go on and on, but even with good intentions, life will choose its own colors to apply to our pictures. There will be the sudden and instant smear of blackness in a crisis. Then we want God to erase the black color from that picture of our life.

Yet, in the midst of all the blackness, we would be well to remember He is working slowly but definitely for the best good in our lives. I f we whine and become a martyr, declaring black is not our favorite color; we are failing to allow God to use other colors in the box.

What is your favorite color? Green is one of our grandsonís favorite colors. I will choose to use green too, for it is such an earthy, everyday color. This reminds me of the confidence I can have in God because He is approachable in relationship to my everyday, earthly living. His Son, when he lived on this earth, was easy to talk to and was always open to others. His use of the color green and what it represented was to reveal His Fatherís heart of love for everyday folks like you and me.

So what is my favorite color? It is yellow. I believe broad, bright strokes of yellow would be prominent if we were painting a picture of our Lord today. Yellow is light and sight and brightness. Certainly our dark world is in need of light.

As a believer, as a Christian, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I know He is the Light Bearer. I know this because He has brought light into my life. Today may we respectfully color our Lord?

Color Him red for his energy to love
Color Him blue for His patience
Color Him pink for His concern
Color Him yellow for His light

Finally, color me just like Him, for His life was filled with every color in the box. I am resolved to use every color in the box to reflect more of Him. Would you like to come and sit at my kitchen table and color with me? You are more than welcome.
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