I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13

Renoir and Matisse

Renoir and Matisse were friends with a common bond; they loved color, beauty, and painting.  Renoir, however, developed a very serious case of arthritis . . . so debilitating that he was almost com­pletely paralyzed by it.  He winced and jerked in pain as he ap­plied each stroke of color to the canvas.  But no matter how severe the pain, no matter how difficult the brushstroke, he continued to paint.

Matisse watched his friend with great concern and passion, mysti­fied at the dedication that led to creating his artwork at such a painful level of personal sacrifice.  When he asked Renoir why he continued to paint, Renoir replied, “Because the beauty remains: the pain passes.”

Are you struggling through painful times?  If so, please don’t give up.  Don’t believe the lie that there’s no hope for you.  Surrender and persevere.  Hang on to Christ.  Make the healing choice to per­severe and do whatever necessary to hang on one more day.  The pain passes; the beauty God brings through perseverance remains.

Austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the least of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. – C.S. Lewis

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us. – David Richo