Over the years, I’ve met extraordinary people, but a few tend to stand out more than others. One of those people was my school friend Clayton. Clayton is an individual obsessed with comic books. As far back as I met him, he was always drawing superheroes from well-known comics—his sketchbooks overflowing with these characters.
One day during still life art class, one of the professors commented to Clayton that he had a “stylistic” way of drawing. I remember it was he then went on to say it was somewhat “cartoony” with heavy outlines, and that it was more appropriate for comic book art. Without hesitation, Clayton said, “Well, that’s what I want to do, draw comics for a living.”
After we graduated from middle school and high school, Clayton attended formal art school, eventually landing a job in the comic book industry. Today he’s a respected and well-accomplished artist in the industry. I admire the level he’s developed his craft, and every one of his drawings is a work of art. What’s more, he makes it look so easy.
Clayton’s story reminds me of how we all have God-given talents and gifts and an opportunity to follow our dreams. We are each uniquely made to accomplish the mission given to us while on this earth. It’s our responsibility to develop and uncover this not for ourselves, but rather, for His glory and others’ benefit.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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