Keeping the paint in the can conserves it, but for what? Paint is to be used for a common and/or a higher purpose it seems to me. As a writer I want the word to flow like paint to create more than is in my mind or on paper. I hope it will have a higher meaning. I want the words to be thoughtful and even healing. For example how about: “You have to die to live” or “My power is made perfect in weakness.” Now there are a couple of humbling and seeming contradictions, even like an impressionist painter might throw on a canvass. But that is how God works. He wants us to use all the paint for a better and higher purpose. Not only get it out of the can, but spread it in the world that others would be better. It is to serve others. Often in an art museum everyone has a different impression of the painting. But God has an intention that is perfect and He wants us to find that through trusting in Him and spreading the joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control all over compassionately. Don’t use the paint sparingly, spread it around.