I am still reading the book about Vincent Van Gogh. It turns out that his dad was a Pastor! I did not realize that. So, Vincent did know about the Lord. He grew up knowing about God, but I can not help but wonder if he knew how much he was loved.
Remember that day I wrote about our DNA and how we get things from our parents, well he could draw because of his mom. She did needlepoint stuff and could draw. He loved to read, and he wrote many letters to one of his younger brothers. They have saved over 600 letters that he wrote.
At the young age of 37, Van Gogh took his own life. He was tormented and struggled through relationships trying to bond with people.
That just breaks my heart. I believe he was a cool person. I wish he was here now because I would try to be his friend.
We, as Christians, need to be alert. There are people in our lives who feel alone. They need to know that they are not alone. They need to hear that God loves them unconditionally. Sometimes, they just need someone to sit beside them and say nothing.
In one letter to his brother, Van Gogh used a quote from someone named Ernest Renan that says this,
"Man is not on this earth merely to be happy, nor even to be simply honest, he is there to realize great things for humanity, to attain a nobility and to surmount the vulgarity in which the existence of almost all individuals drags on."
It sounds like Van Gogh just gave up on life. He was willing to live without being happy. Happiness is based on circumstances, anyway. Joy and peace come from God. We can have that joy and peace and we can realize great things for humanity, through God's plans. Life does not revolve around us. We are here for something greater than ourselves.
Pay attention to the people in your life. They are there for a reason. Listen to the Holy Spirit and do what He says. There might be someone out here in the world who needs to hear His message, so it can change their lives.