From a small child, I can remember always loving art. One time when I was in the first or second grade, I made a cat from clay. My teacher was so impressed that she decided to display it in the office where everyone could see it.
Last night, I went with some of my neighbors to a place where you spend a couple of hours painting. They give you step by step instructions, so by the end of the night, you leave with a painting similar to the instructor’s painting. That’s when you realize that not everyone has the ability to take what they see, and use their hand to re-create it. There is a miscommunication between what the eyes see, and the function of the hand. Minor mistakes made part of the way through, caused some to give up, and their painting looked as though a child had painted it. Others were right on point, and gave their painting a personal touch.
If you’ve followed Jesus for a long time, your ability to understand his instructions, may be more clear. However, if you are new in your faith, or aren’t cultivating your relationship, you will make mistakes, but rather than give up, ask forgiveness and keep going. Like painting, if you don’t like what you see, grab some white paint, cover it up, and start again. Eventually you will become more proficient, and your hand and eye will begin to coordinate.
But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:49