Just last Sunday I sat in the morning worship service at Keystone Fellowship in Montgomeryville, PA and asked the Lord how I could become more involved in the church and be a benefit to His ministry. Without ever leaving the lobby a request was extended to me to design a new logo for THRIVE, the young adult ministry for high school graduates through 25 years.
To be inspired, I decided to go to a gathering the next evening that the group was having at a nearby park and was glad to see a thriving ministry of what must have been a 100 or more young adults playing beach volleyball, a grill fired up manned by some faithful adults, trays of hamburgers and hot dogs, Frisbees soaring by, lawn games and a talented group of musicians playing on the grass just outside the pavilion. Then I saw Jay Jay.
Jay Jay does not attend Keystone (he belongs to another community church) but he comes out to Thrive for the fellowship, worship, messages and perhaps a little of the food. I have met Jay Jay previously at special worship nights that occur monthly on a Wednesday evening at Keystone. Jay Jay makes me smile with his uninhibited demeanor and joyful air.
The inspiration for the Thrive logo was prompted by the sports logo design, Chickie and Pete’s, displayed across Jay Jay’s chest. I roughly sketched a few ideas in a mini notebook and 4 designs follow for the group to select a direction. Whether electronic or a paper sketch, it is best to first view a design in black and white and then to follow with color options not to be distracted by the influence of color.
The verse I selected for this design is, Blessed is the man(1) who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law(2) of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers, Psalm 1: 1-3, ESV.
In His Word there is a promise that as we turn from evil and abide in Christ we will Thrive! (1) The singular Hebrew word “man” used here does not eliminate females but portrays a representative example of a godly person; (2) law = instruction found in the bible.
In this alternate version of the Jay Jay sports design, the water illustrates immersion in Christ. The leaf, as above, symbolizes all good things: growth, prosperity, truth of faith, life and the vine. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17: 7-8, ESV
I intend to color the “T” in the wings for the ‘T’ in Thrive. The wings suggest the prosperity of strength in the Lord. Whether you interpret an eagle or a dove, each bird is a symbol of a positive fruit that results from being rooted in Christ. Within the design is the unfinished cross. The verse I choose for this design is, but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint, Isaiah 40:31, ESV.
Alternately, I have edited the design with the wings up. My daughter preferred this design over the latter.
So, here you go! Thank you Thrive for having me dust off my blog from 2013 and I hope you like an option I humbly offer to your group to inspire and launch you into a deeper relationship with Christ. Please let me know your thoughts, Denise