Perhaps because I blog so rarely, it means that each entry is that much more of a gem.
Yeah, we'll go with that.
A brief history of my favorite hashtag:
I first learned how to read and write from sermon pamphlets at around 2-3 years old. The only way I could listen was if I could create a world for myself on paper.
There's something incredible in the idea that the act of creation connects us to our Creator.
I usually had to be very secretive about my drawings, poems and notes as to not distract anyone else. As my Baptist upbringing taught me: "do not cause your brother or sister to stumble."
I've had a difficult time connecting to the church as soon as I got to college. I struggled to be inspired going through the motions. I had attended a church in Dallas one summer, and could never find a community in Stillwater I connected with in the same way.
Plus, I was an art student. Drawing in church felt like a homework assignment. I drew in Art History instead of taking notes, and I found that to be way more inspiring than typing.
When I moved to Dallas after graduating, I knew exactly where I wanted to go to church...the first place I ever met real life hipsterish folk.
So every Sunday, I roll into this community center called Life in Deep Ellum. They not only have encouraged me to doodle in church, they've even let me paint in front of the congregation during sermons.
I have a difficult time retaining information, but since the pastor is from Oklahoma as well, I have an easier time getting his point.
Don't get me wrong, I don't just lolly gaggle around during sermons. I take crazy notes in my Day One app. Just email me...I share.
I decided to start posting my doodles on Instagram basically because I'm so introverted at church. I really struggle to want to talk to people.
Sharing a drawing is my way of plugging into my faith community.
So when you find yourself going to church, a meeting, class, whatever, I would encourage you to find a way to engage. Collect as much treasure out of each word that is spoken. You never know at what point in the following week you will need that to pour into different aspects of your life.
Once, I was talking to the Elaine, President at ZenCash, about my struggles being a crazy-busy-career-minded maniac. She gave me some of the wisest words that has, in return, revolutionized my work flow.
All because I listened and wrote down ideas while she talked.
If you go to Life in Deep Ellum, I'd love to see your church doodles, too! Just post a photo of your church notes on twitter or Instagram with: #lifeindeepdoodles
I hope you're intrigued by the text or quotes from my doodles enough to check out these podcasts. This current series about communication, relationships, and what it means to hobble along life with another person is fantastic.
Truth can be found in the simplest of things...if only we take the time to doodle them.