I’m back! Yes, I know I haven’t been blogging faithfully, but I have had a good excuse. Last week I was away at girls’ camp, (and of course, this week has been recovery and catch-up on all the work that fell behind during my absence;).
Girls’ camp was good- there were only minor injuries, it only rained one day, and lots of girls gave their hearts to Jesus. I once again was choir director this year, and at first struggled to come up with a theme that would be fun and different- while meaningful. Then God told me, “Living in the Crayon Box- it’s colorful, fun (who doesn’t like crayons??), and something that everyone will relate to.” So I embarked on the hunt for songs and dramas that would teach the lessons that can be learned from the crayon box. And believe me, I learned a lot during the process.
1. We each are a crayon. Take the time to close your eyes and imagine what color you are. Some see themselves as Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown, a behind-the-scenes, dull, almost-worthless individual. Some view themselves as Purple Pizzazz, an outgoing, bubbly, everybody’s friend, valuable person who thinks they really are the best crayon out there.
But guess what- each crayon is needed….no matter the color! Each crayon in the crayon box is there for a certain purpose. Sepias color trees, Goldenrod Yellows color suns, Cornflower Blues color skies, Whites color clouds, Radical Reds color flowers, Fushcias color sunsets…. No matter how invaluable you think you are, you really were put upon this earth for a purpose. Macaroni and Cheese Oranges can’t take your place and neither can Electric Limes.
2. The crayons need each other. When have you went to the store and only purchased one crayon? No! Crayons come all together in a crayon box because we need all the colors to work together!!! Sometimes we get the opinion, at least I can sometimes, that we don’t need the other crayons. My Turquoise Blue can do fine all by itself. Why do I need to share the page with Black and Timberwolf Gray? There is less drama when I don’t live inside the crayon box with all the other messed-up crayons. May I say how sad that is? The loneliest times in my life are when I’m outside the crayon box, aloof from the other crayons. No, I don’t have to struggle with all the problems that immediately tag along with relationships and friendships; but I am lonely and calloused. I become cynical and bitter when I sit by myself on my own shelf, coloring my own picture. And when I look at my picture, and all I see is turquoise, I realize deep within that there is no beauty in just me, alone.
To make a masterpiece, we need all the colors working together. Yes, that takes time, commitment, selflessness, and unconditional love; but that is the only way to achieve true beauty. That is the way The Artist designed us for this life. I know that there are crayons in the crayon box that will judge us by how our crayon wrapper is peeled. I understand that there are crayons who try to control everything that goes on in the crayon box. I realize that there are crayons who are difficult to love; but The Artist just asks us to do our best and love each crayon around us. True love, selflessness, forgiveness, and a relationship with The Artist is the only way that crayon boxes can get along and work together.
3. I need to stop comparing my color to other colors. My Turquoise may complain that she doesn’t have as much to do as Wild Strawberry Pink; or she may complain that she has to do a lot more than Maroon. She may feel ugly as she colors beside Vivid Tangerine; or she may feel more beautiful than Asparagus Green. We, crayons, are equally important and beautiful in The Artist’s eyes. He may call some of us to do more behind-the-scenes work; He may call some of us to serve more than others; He may call some of us to wait patiently; He may call some of us to work until there is no more life within us. But He does not want us to compare our calling or value to another crayon’s!
These are some of the songs (and a poem) that we did for camp chorus.
CITY ON A HILL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7MC2wu49Cw
IT’S NO GOOD TO BE ALONE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn1Qej-4LC4
SERVANT SONG (we did this in sign language): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdmgpMfnjdU
I CAN BE YOUR FRIEND: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbJNlJ5yVUk
THE CRAYON BOX THAT TALKED (poem): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXMuRI7p2k8
THE COLORING SONG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkUcEBEa6H8
And some songs we sang that included lots of color (just because girls love singing fun songs).
MY FAVORITE THINGS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33o32C0ogVM
THE COLOR SONG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7Y_bExWy00
And I thought to finish off this post, I would also give you the list of crayon names yet;)
Aaron at ColorSchemer.com created a fun list of all 120 Crayon Colors with their hex codes and RGB values. “All of these colors are rough approximations from Crayola’s current list of 120 Crayon Colors. -CS”
|Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown||CC6666||204,102,102|
|Macaroni and Cheese||FFBD88||255,189,136|
|Granny Smith Apple||A8E4A0||168,228,160|
|Tropical Rain Forest||17806D||23,128,109|
|Robin Egg Blue||1FCECB||31,206,203|
|Wild Blue Yonder||A2ADD0||162,173,208|
|Purple Mountains’ Majesty||9D81BA||157,129,186|
|Razzle Dazzle Rose||FF48D0||255,72,208|
|Tickle Me Pink||FC89AC||252,137,172|