A Gift from The Father

Just chalking on the driveway… a rendition an original painting by Brian Jekel.

Any minute sliver of success that I’ve had has only been because of our Father in Heaven. I would not be alive to testify, if it weren’t for His longsuffering Mercy, Grace and Love. He has allowed some incredible opportunities for me to display His Grace and His Gifts through art.

I’ve worked as an artist (in one capacity or another), for nearly 30 years. I have some schooling, but mostly self taught. My appreciation for mural art began in childhood, but in the early 2000’s I was given a chance to paint scenic backgrounds for a theatre. Without any formal training and experience, I discovered that I had an undeveloped talent. Little did I know at that time, it was a gift from God.

Since I was Born Again, I’ve made some big spiritual mistakes, (yes, Christians make mistakes), but I’ve also made some epic artistic mistakes. By this, I don’t mean taking on more that I can chew (which I’ve done a few times). By this, I mean taking on jobs and thus behaving in ways that didn’t reflect my identity as a Christian; and in fact, reflected a very poorly on my Faith. I wasn’t always diligent to study God’s Word, and these poor choices reflect that spiritual laziness.

Working for the film industry was one of those regrettable epic mistakes.

Like any profession or skill, the more one practices, the better one gets; that’s the goal at least. And although we are saved by Grace alone, our walk with the Father is similar. The more we practice, the better it gets! And like anything, some of us have an easier time and some of us…not so much.

However, when we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, we have something that this world cannot give us; an advocate who loves us more than we can imagine. He will help us turn away from behaviors and attitudes that can destroy our lives and far worse; threaten our souls. When (not if) we fall, we have Him to help lift us back up and set us straight!

I believe that one reason our Father in Heaven allows us to fall or make epic mistakes, is so our pride is checked. Thanks be to God Almighty for this! There’s no place for high horses or ego pedestals in His Kingdom.

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13.

Despite the many times I’ve fallen, the Eternal Father in Heaven, with His infinite Grace and Mercy, has picked me up. He loves, but He also chastens me. Why?

Because He’s a good Father.

His chastening has allowed me the opportunity to confess, repent and trust Him in obedience and reverence to His Word.

His burden is light. Sin is heavy.

I hope this serves as encouragement to you! Let Him pick you up when you fall. Turn your back on sin. If it seems too difficult or impossible, ask the Father for help. If He can take a hopeless, pagan, wretched, undeserving, rebellious punk like me, and transform them into a God fearing, Bible believing, righteousness-seeking follower of Jesus Christ; anyone can have hope. 🙂

In Christ there is ALWAYS HOPE!

If you wish to see examples of my mural painting, please click here.

If you have any questions or comments concerning regrettable epic artistic failures, or if you need prayers & encouragement, please contact me.

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14