Kids Painting Luggage

Our grandchildren enjoy art projects.  I brought out the acrylic paints and asked them to paint something colorful on our luggage. Why? It’s because our bags are just like most of the other bags on the airport conveyor belts—black!  I wanted to easily spot ours.

My instructions were simple:  Be creative.  I also wanted each piece to have a message of God’s love. Before the kids started I sealed the luggage with black spray paint.  This way their paint wouldn’t absorb and disappear.  It was effective and dried quickly.

So how does the luggage look now?

  • One piece has an underwater scene with smiling fish, underwater plants and a happy lobster crawling on the sandy bottom. On the side is the Christian fish sign: the Greek word for fish (Ichthus) which also forms the acronym “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.”
  •  Another has a rocket ship taking off for the moon with a Bible verse:  John 3:16 
  •  One displays the American flag and July 4 fireworks representing American’s Independence Day.  Written across the top: God Bless the USA.
  • The last is a garden of colorful flowers: Thank You God for flowers, sunshine, etc. 

Now we can identify our fun and creative luggage from a distance. The children are pleased to see their artwork put to use.  The downside?  Sometimes I think when we’re pulling our luggage through an airport terminal we look like a couple of flower children leftover from the ’60’s.  But does that matter? I mean, it’s just luggage! Each piece is a conversation starter!  For some reason other travelers will ask if we have grandchildren! Who doesn’t enjoy talking about their grandkids?

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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12 Responses to Kids Painting Luggage

  1. Liana says:

    How precious Kathleen … so inspiring. Praise God for your boldness in all situations. I’m sure there will be plenty of conversations started and opening of doors to share of His love.

  2. Carol says:

    This story made me smile…an ingenious idea and one that spreads the love of God as you travel. Awesome!

  3. Helene says:

    Fantastic – an idea I can copy. No more mistaken luggage and the Word spread.

  4. Haha… simply delightful. : )

  5. Frank King says:

    You are right that so much luggage looks the same on the conveyor belt. Problem solved. I am sure you had no problem distinguishing your luggage from others.

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