ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
THE SECRET TO GREAT PAINTINGS
Olive Schreiner, in one of her weird "Dreams," 1 tells the parable of an artist who painted a beautiful picture. On it there was a wonderful glow which won the admiration of all peers, but which none could imitate.
The other painters said, "Where does he get his colors from?" They sought rare and rich pigments in far-off Eastern lands, but when these touched the canvas their richness died. So the secret of the great artist remained undiscovered.
One day they found him dead beside his picture, and when they came to strip him for his shroud they found a wound beneath his heart. It dawned upon them then that he had painted his picture with his heart's blood.
"Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well."
Despite the fact that some people are more highly gifted with brain and skill than others, in most cases the difference between first-rate and second-rate work is due (at least to a large extent) to the greater pains and time bestowed upon the first-class work. It is related of David Hume, that having heard a man preach, said, "That's the man for me, he means what he says; he speaks as if Jesus Christ was at his elbow."
If you would do your task of teaching the children, of helping the helpless, feeding the hungry—if you would have this work to live—then put your heart into it. Paint your picture with your heart's blood, for only such will find a place in heaven's Eternal Gallery.
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might..."