Thall Shall Steal

I seem to recall the flannel graph, from my childhood VBS class, teaching me that Thall Shall Not Steal, among other things. I wonder if Jeff Goins skipped that day of VBS, for here is the challenge for today, in his own words.

Find a quote or a painting or some form of inspiration — and steal it. Make it your own. Attribute it — give credit where it’s due — but don’t be afraid to use it. Let someone else’s work springboard you into your own.

There, he said it. I’m supposed to steal something. All kidding aside, he’s exactly correct in this concept. Great inspiration is largely borrowed and built upon thanks to someone else. I’ve learned this a long time ago as an artist, and also as a youth pastor. While I can do some things well, I often times do them better when I’ve been launched by the inspiration of others; and I merely build on top of what they’ve begun.

So for today, I stole some inspiration from a favorite shirt of mine, and I came up with this…

From the moment I saw this shirt I was in love. So much so, that I created this tribute piece that I use for my Facebook Cover Photo. One of these day’s I’ll actually pull the trigger and buy the shirt for myself. But until then, I’ll have to go with my version of the original.


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