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What set everyday life apart from our adventures?

What puts the extra in the extraordinary days?

This earth we walk is big and beautiful and I want to see it all.
I'm adventurous by nature and want to travel and explore and see new things and create .

But as a responsible adult I find that I can't travel everyday. I can't leave the country every few months or when the mood takes me. I have to work and provide and pay Capital One and make my car payments on time and pay the mortgage. 

When we look at the day to day existence of our lives it can weigh us down. It bores us.

Our souls begins to atrophy...they shrivel and die.

Art can revive us, wake our souls from slumber, remind us we are built for more than just to consume, but to create.

I can attest to this. When I sit down to write it actually feels like I'm shaking the dust free from my soul. After I've finished I feel more myself, more who I was created to be.

A higher calling is to see the art in someone else. To look someone in the eye and say there is art in your soul, I dare you to release it. To call the gold out of someone. To help them "wash from their soul the dust of everyday life."

At the end of all things, relationships are the most important things in our lives. We must get to know someone to help them find their creative outlet as we find our own. When I lie on my deathbed I am sure that I will not say "I encouraged others too much, I should not of helped them. I guess I was just too generous." No, my goal is to be the encouragement, that breath of fresh air. 

See the art in a human soul. Ignore the dross, point out the gold. A single kind encouraging word can change the course of a life. 

I believe this.

I willing to bet you do too.
1/20/2013 11:43:35 pm

Great post, David. I'm in the same boat as you, somewhat physically stuck due to my responsibilities as a single dad. And I'm a guy who's had wanderlust most my life. It's hard. But I've turned to writing and that has changed my life.

David Helms
1/28/2013 11:09:04 am

Thanks Dan! The creative process definitely helps to find the adventure in the mundane. Keep up your great work!

Mary Ellen
1/26/2013 12:29:15 am

Yes, David, I have to agree with you, "When I sit down to write it actually feels like I'm shaking the dust free from my soul. After I've finished I feel more myself, more who I was created to be." Yes, Yes, Yes! Have seen the same response when I've taught others how to knit or quilt or cook. Thank you for clearing the dust and helping us see the treasure in creating.

David Helms
1/28/2013 11:10:48 am

Thanks Mary! It's a beautiful thing to teach others in and help them discover the art that's inside of them. My mother quilts and knits and I am often in awe of her quiet creative works.

1/26/2013 12:37:38 am

Well said!! We need to see the "art" in others more and realize each person really is a work of art in themselves!! Thanks for a great post - it is so where I am right now! You really do have a way with words - it's good art!

David Helms
1/28/2013 11:12:31 am

Aw, thank you so much Maria! That encouragement really does mean allot! It can be a challenge to see the art in others but it can mean so much in that persons life. Thanks again for reading!

1/26/2013 01:48:14 am

Shaking the dust free from my soul... What a perfect description! I can visualize the process - it looks like my little Rat Terrier after she's had a bath and is trying to shake every last droplet of water off of her body.

David Helms
1/28/2013 11:15:29 am

My parents had a Rat Terrier, such great dogs! Sometimes it's great the dust free, sometimes it feels like digging deep, mining like hard labor, but always worth it.

1/26/2013 01:55:12 am

awesome post. i try to live this way every day.. thanks for the encouragement! ;)

David Helms
1/28/2013 11:16:41 am

Awesome Caitlin! The world will be better for the art you make!

1/26/2013 11:47:31 am

What a great post. How refreshing - like "good medicine to my soul".
May God bless you richly with joy, rest, & the a growing opportunity to touch lives with His grace & love!

David Helms
1/28/2013 11:18:44 am

I take those Blessings Curtis! Thank you so much for the encouragement! Blessing brother!

Curt Pollard
1/26/2013 11:59:15 am

I tried leaving a comment on your "contact me" page also but it didn't look like it sent it.

1/28/2013 07:02:55 am

Love! Thanks for looking me in the cyber-eye and daring me to release the art from my soul. And I will be doing some daring of my own. ;)

David Helms
1/28/2013 11:20:20 am

Awesome! And I'm glad you see the beauty in the mess! I can't wait to see the art that you release into this weary world!

1/28/2013 08:39:33 pm

This post reminds me of the Jars of Clay song called 'The Art in Me'. A great song, and a great reminder - like yours - that God created each life to be a story to others. I believe that to see the art in others and encourage it in their lives is a little bit like seeing them through the eyes of God. How can you not love others through those eyes? Thanks for the reminder, and the encouragement.

David Helms
1/28/2013 10:33:10 pm

That's interesting that you bring that song up Shannon as I totally had it playing in my head while I wrote this. I know that song is almost twenty years old but it still nearly moves me to tears.

I find that the only way to love others is to look through God's eyes...the love in me is simply not enough. Thanks again!

1/30/2013 12:13:08 pm

"Ignore the dross, point out the gold." I WISH I COULD. Learning this might kill me, but hopefully I'll get there someday.

I feel like my life has been really dusty lately. I need to get out and adventure, or at least be able to write a little more.. creatively write a little more. I'll start asking Jesus...


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