Blog: Creative Night

Last night at our young adults service it was Creative Night. One of the young guys played his guitar and sang, “How He Loves Us.” His passion and love for God reminded me of something I said to myself years ago.

When I was a teenager I went to a summer camp in Texas with my old church youth group. It was my first time on an airplane, first time traveling, first time being away from my parents. There, a bunch of us got serious about our Faith. We returned home excited about God, I soon noticed each week that less and less teenagers were showing up to church.

There was this one Sunday I noticed I was the only one in the front row at church. I looked behind me and everyone who was once there excited, was no where to be found. I was standing there alone, and thought, “Now what?” I remember telling myself, “No matter who comes or goes, I’m going to stay. ”

I lost contact with my old youth group and now 13 years later I’m at a new church and met the most amazing people who are my age who are passionate about the Creator. I now see the life God has painted out before me and that I’m not alone. I had no idea how important the commitment I was making was. We change our minds everyday but once in a while something takes place in our lives and whether its for the good or bad, we make a vow. I was reminded of how important the every day thoughts are. It’s the simple moments that make us who we are.

Creative Night made me think of how different our artwork is from each other and though its different it is limitless on who it can inspire. When we are bold and share a part of us, it helps others look inside themselves.

Road Trip to Salvation Mountain (35mm Film)

Road Trip to Salvation Mountain (35mmFilm), originally uploaded by Monica Briano.

I first saw Salvation Mountain on “Into the Wild”. I couldn’t seem to get that scene out of my head. This old man had painted a mountain declaring the love of Jesus. I was excited to find out that Leonard was a real person and Salvation Mountain was a real place. My friends and I went on a two day adventure to Niland, CA to have our own encounter with the artist, the mountain and God.
Here are some photos from my 35mm film camera. I took lots of digital photos that Ill post up soon.

What makes this amazing place special is Leonard, the Artist. Have one conversation with this man, and your life will be impacted. He is a visionary, a dreamer, and you might even think he was crazy. This 70 year old man’s passion for sharing the love of God is indeed inspiring. He wishes that all people from all walks of life will know how much God loves them, “He gave His only Son didn’t He?” Leonard told us. He also told us about all people from all over the world who have traveled to the desert to see his panted mountain and trees.

He loves talking to people and sharing this special place with the world, but most of all he wants to leave the earth knowing that all generations will have a place like this to come to and read how much Jesus loves them.