Do you remember the show “The Joy of Painting”? It was on PBS for a long time, hosted by the afroed, smooth talking Bob Ross? Happy little trees and titanium white paint? Of course you do.
There’s a lot of legend around Bob Ross, and a sudden cult fascination with him as well. (For example, if you have Netflix Instant, you can watch his show—all 400 episodes—as part of their service.) And his story seems pretty simple—he’s a mellow painter who wants you to paint, or not… it’s your choice.
After leaving the Navy, he was broke, so he permed his hair, figuring he’d have to cut it less. He toured the country when he was kind of discovered, and by the time he had enough of a following, his company had incorporated the afro into the logo. He was stuck with it. He meticulously planned and scripted each show, he ran his business “like a tyrant,” according to his manager (she also loved and respected him) and he was also kind, loving and generous.
That’s just the story about Bob Ross. What’s yours?
Through September, we’ll be talking about evangelism. I shouldn’t have even titled my article “The E Word,” as evangelism is not scary. Okay, to be fair, some evangelism practices are very scary. But those aren’t the one’s we’re talking about. This month, we’ll be covering How to Tell Your Story, Share Your Story, Live Your Story and Grow Your Story. And maybe, we’ll even be challenged to try something new. And don’t worry about it being perfect. As Bob Ross said, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” I look forward to seeing you Sunday.