I used to have an insufferably long story about how I became an artist on this page, but then realized that no one in their right mind would ever sit down and read it. So, here is a more realistically-lengthed summary about who I am:
Purpose is one of the most important of our deeper human needs; you simply must have a reason for living your life. There are lots of purposes to choose from, like candies in a vending machine, and we all want to get the most bang for our buck. You don’t want to get stuck with a Mentos-quality purpose, you want Snickers-quality, right?
The purpose for my life is to bring glory to God by living a life of obedience to Him, motivated by His grace in offering me forgiveness for my imperfection.
BAM: That’s Snickers.
In my life, I have found that the God of the Bible undeniably exists, that I am undeniably not perfect, and that because of those two facts, I have an undeniable need for forgiveness if I expect my imperfection to someday exist eternally with God’s perfection. Jesus offers that forgiveness, and this gives me reason to celebrate. I praise God for His grace in offering me a way out and I show my gratitude and joy by living the way He instructs. I trust that His forgiveness is complete in the same way that I trust His way of living to be best.
That’s my purpose, and it informs everything that I do. I’m studying Neuroscience and French at the University of Minnesota because I believe God has given me the specific talents and passions to do so. I paint watercolor landscape and wildlife paintings because it’s a way for me to experience the power of God living in me and to show others how God has gifted me to do something I couldn’t do on my own. I live with four friends who all have the same purpose for their lives because we help each other to keep our compasses pointed North (and because they’re very, very fun to be around).
There are a lot of purposes to choose from, and many of them will impact the world in a positive way. But they will only last as long as the world does. I want to impact people in a way that will last forever, and the purpose I have chosen makes that possible.