How Our Photo Canvas Prints Came to Be…
“The journey toward your big dream changes you. In fact, the journey itself is what prepares you to succeed at what you were born to do. And until you decide to pursue your dream, you are never going to love life the way you were meant to.” – The Dream Giver, Bruce Wilkinson
People ask me all the time how Soulful Creations came to be. I mean, it does seem a little out of there for someone my age to take such a leap of faith into entrepreneurship after a life in corporate america.
I have mentioned before that Soulful Creations was a God whisper we couldn’t ignore.
But what do I mean by that? It’s all because God gave me a broom, a ministry and a book.
It all started with a broom and a prayer. One Saturday I was helping to clean the sanctuary to get ready for Sunday’s service. While I’m sweeping, I’m talking to God about my life and what He wanted of me, “Dear God, if this is all you want me to do, I’ll do it happily, but I keep feeling like there’s something more I can do with the skills you have given me.”
That following Monday, I attended a Christian leadership meeting, and a lifelong leader of men challenged us with these words: “If you’re sweeping a broom in the back of a church, is that really what God has called you to do? If you wait until you retire, you may not ever get the chance to do all that you are meant to do.”
That was when I decided. God couldn’t be any clearer. Now is the time to create a lasting legacy of something that matters.
During this period my wife and I were busy running several restoration ministries, and one rather common occurrence we experienced with those we served was if their parents were gone, they were hanging on to anything they could from them that would bring meaning.
For some people, the only thing they had to take with them was a grocery list, and that was it. Any little memento was sacred.
This idea just started working in my soul – the idea that we had to do something that would help people through life. For those that are alive… memories remembered. And for those that are gone, an extension of their words into those they love.
We were also reading the The Circle Maker. In the book God impressed upon parents to identify words that were descriptive and prescriptive of their kids. The mother and father had the words mounted on art, framed and hung in their daughter’s room when she was just four years old. Throughout the next decade they often wondered if the words meant anything to her, and on the occasion of her 18th birthday, they asked her. She explained that on the nights when she couldn’t fall asleep, she would look at those words on the wall, and they would speak to her.
The framed words started to frame her life. They told her what she would become.
We knew we needed to create something beautiful. Something that could be created by moms and dads, grandparents and friends with or without creative or technical skills. Something of style and quality that could be given to loved ones that instill value. Something that would look beautiful across the years.
Something that would survive the test of time.
That’s when we began Soulful Creations, a business that turns great moments into art with unsurpassed quality.
In the comments below, tell me:
What is the best gift a loved one has given you?
Rick & Brooke