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You Were Made For This

August 19, 2016

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On Sunday, August 14th, I preached on the topic “You Were Made For This,” using the text from 1 Peter 2:9:

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light

The 3 points that came to mind in the movement of this text were the following:

You Were Chosen

You Were Set Apart

You Were Called Out

For those who believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him into our life and His gift of salvation, we no longer walk in disobedience and sin, but righteousness and life and holiness. This is huge for us because we have a “living hope” in Christ that reminds us that we are “chosen.”

As believers, we are a “royal priesthood,” which means we can go before God through Christ. We also have the opportunity to serve the Lord and serve other people in our lives through our talents and gifts all while being empowered by Christ.

We are a “holy nation,” which means that we are to embody the characteristics of believers in God and Christ. We are to operate as the chosen, holy people of God, set apart to do His will both in our lives individually and in the world.

We do this because He called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light, whereas, we lived in darkness but through the shed blood of Jesus, we have become God’s possessions, whom he called out.

After writing the notes to my sermon, the Lord encouraged me to really think about my own story as it relates to the scripture. I shared with the congregation what it felt like to be outcasted, ignored and left behind.

I was often bullied and teased in the classroom, on the school bus and anywhere else that kids existed. I was also in Special Ed, which often made me the first one to take a test and the last one to walk out. Because I was different from majority of my classmates, I was often teased and picked on for what kids called “talking white” (speaking proper English) and for the way I carried myself. Being a precocious kid made me a target.

During the sermon, it got personal, as I shared my own deep hatred for others in my community, but how Jesus healed (and continues to heal) my wounds of the past and delivered me from that darkness. Also, the Lord forgave me, because after all, His own disregarded Him as well, and I couldn’t claim to love God but hate others.

Everything I went through…everything you are going through right now…you were made for this! The times we are living in…this period that you exist…you were made for this moment!

You were chosen, you were set apart and you were called out for this appointed period of time. That is not a coincidence! It’s an assignment!

And you were made for it!

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This is why I draw cartoons! 

This is why I’m doing this Kickstarter campaign!

This is my why right here! In fact, it is one of my many why’s…but let me focus on this one for a moment.

I remember drawing when I had free time in class. I would copy what I saw in my science books and even create side-stories and little comic strips based on what I learned (special note: I was obsessed with nuclear physics and meteorology).

But when I look at this photo taken of me when I spoke to a group of kids at my old Elementary school in Dallas, I am quickly reminded of my why. I am reminded of the little boy or little girl whose going through real struggles as a kid. I’m reminded of the story that is not always told from the perspective of the child. I am reminded of the fact that they need adults to guide them, lead them, to understand them and teach them.

They need to know that being a nerd…a cartoon fan…a good person…is not over-rated and can later translate into something deeper and greater than themselves.

And, believe it or not, they want that as much as any good, concerned adult does.

 

24 days remaining on my Kickstarter! Tough, but exciting, all at the same time.

Also, I just finished reading more than half of what John Saddington had to say about the great ups and downs of running a successful Kickstarter program. He has a book that’s available for this and I think it will benefit you as much as it has for me so far.

I want to add that Mr. Saddington helped me with a LOT of what he shared on his blog when I started blogging and writing online in the first place. The rest is history needless to say.

I’m using the weekend to make sure I keep my hand on the plow and continue to show people what “By and By,” my webcomic, could be if  (and when) the Kickstarter is fully backed.

My hope and prayer is that people do decide to give something to help in my cause to create something that everyone can feel good about…content that children, teens and adults can read and get as much excitement and laughter out of if as I do.

Other great cartoonists and artists have contributed to the creative sounds of the internet and the world and I want to do the same.

I’ll continue to do the same.

 
So, WOW! Thank You SO much! It’s only been 24 hours and we are already at $35.00 int he Kickstarter campaign. Very cool!

I have a lot of people whom I have been helping me and sharing great advice on how to go forward and I am not taking any of the help for granted.

I was encouraged to give you all a better idea of how the funds, should the campaign be fully funded, will be used.

Needless to say, not a bad idea should you all be wondering what I’ll be attempting to get for the strip.

Counting The Cost

Currently, the only tool I’m needing in order to make “By and By” more standardized much like other webcomics is a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 that is valued at $899 and a Surface Pen for $59.99.

With your help the cost from out of pocket would be reduced immensely.

I’m aiming for a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 over an Apple iPad because of the Adobe suite…specifically, Photoshop and Illustrator. To add, I also have the ability to do a bit more with a laptop feel with the Surface Pro compared to an iPad.

Also, drawing on the tablet is so much better on the Surface Pro 4 than on the iPad. The sensitivity and the pinpoint accuracy of the pen to the Surface Pro screen is remarkable and it only keeps getting better.

I also understand, however, that as an artist and all-around creative, this is just my preference and not merely a review to end all reviews.

Why Support

Yesterday, I was listening to someone talk about knowing their “why,” and understanding the purpose behind what they do and how important it is for us to reach people.

With cartoons, I can do that. I can watch a cartoon series and pull a life changing lesson out of it. I can create my own cartoons and tell a story that lifts up the oppressed and the depressed.

As a kid, I constantly watched cartoons as a means to escape…to escape the bullying…to escape my personal struggles…to escape anxiety…now, I use it to help give life and set free countless children and adults who feel like they need an escape.

While my webcomic is a bit different, that’s the whole point, to be different and to express it and embrace it.

And I want to give that gift to someone out there whose in need of knowing that he’s not the only socially awkward guy out there whose a bit different from the world. And…I want them to know…that it’s okay. He, or she, is not alone.