Art

What is Art?

To love, is art.

For those of you who consider yourselves not to be of the artistic bent, you probably wouldn't consider that your life could be artistic by any means. We've grown up with this stigma that artistic people are a group of individuals who see life through a different lens, and while this is true of artists who spend their time creating through things like painting, or drawing, or creating music, or writing, the same is true for every other individual. We are all unique, and so we all have the ability to see life through different lenses, which makes life so much better! Genesis 1:26 says, "Then God said, 'Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.'" If you believe that we were all made in the image of our Creator, then you have to believe that we were all made to create. It's that simple.

As an artist, I do tend to notice things that I find others just pass by. I tend to get caught up in the details of things and notice the way colors, and light and texture interact with each other. That is how I experience God. Art in the literal form is my expression of love. That is how God created me. But he also created each one of us to express love through the different gifts and abilities he has given us. When we use the things God has given us for loving others, that is the greatest form of art. We are creating moments where people see glimpses into the heart of our Father. When we take those extra minutes to listen to somebody who just needs to feel heard, that is love. When we give of our resources to help someone else advance, that is love. When we go to the places where everyone else is running from and just talk and laugh with the ones others reject, THAT IS LOVE. And to love is the greatest form of art.

When we use the things God has given us for loving others, that is the greatest form of art.

Vincent Van Gogh one of my deepest inspirations said, "The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people." One thing many don't know about Van Gogh is that before he started to paint he actually tried being a missionary, but because of his eccentricity and the fact that he dealt with depression from a young age, the people in the church didn't want to be associated with him, so they turned him away. So, he turned to art.

I just love the way his mind works and how even though he was rejected by the church, he didn't turn from God. He saw that art wasn't just an aesthetic thing, it was in the way you live. He saw that art was in the way you feel something deep down in your soul, something that is so strong that you have to believe there is an ultimate creator who loves and desires to interact with us.

You see, when we truly take hold of the reality that we were created to create, we bring the most glory to God

If you still think that your life isn't art read this. "If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music ... Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” Martin Luther King Jr.

You see, when we truly take hold of the reality that we were created to create, we bring the most glory to God. Paul wrote in Colossians 3:17, "And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." And since we were made in the image of God, we were made to create. For someone to say about a street sweeper, "here lived a great street sweeper" it would be because that street sweeper understood that even though his job might not have been as romanticized as Shakespeare or Beethoven's, if he was sweeping with the same passion, love and courage those men did it was there that the heart of the father was revealed. It is that kind of mindset and attitude that brings honor and glory to God. To say that no matter what I do, I am going to approach it with the same tenacity, and boldness, and focus, and vulnerability, and creativity, and love, and passion as those men, that is art. 

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You're Worth It All

"But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear." Isaiah 59:2

I have grown up in the church, always hearing the gospel message about why Jesus came and died for us.  The other day I found myself asking the question, "why?" to remind myself what the Gospel message is really about. Why did God choose to send his son for us?  It was all for love!

For some reason I sometimes lose sight of the fact that love is what it was all about.  Our sin separated us from God because He is perfect holiness, and because God loves us soooo much He could not fathom the idea of being separated from His bride, the one He loves.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”  Romans 5:8-11

Lately God has been speaking words of love into my life.  It is impossible to grasp the idea of a perfect love.  Maybe that’s the reason it is so hard for me to understand someone sending their son to die because they don’t want to be separated from me, a sinful human being.

But that is not how God looks at us.  He looks past our imperfections and sees what we can be; after all He is the one who made us.  Jesus died to pay the debt we owed because of our sin, so that God can be with us all the time.

Since I am an artistic person God showed it to me this way.  You are worthy of his love because He created you.  Doesn’t a creator have a right to love their creation?  When you create a masterpiece aren’t you proud of it?  And when you're proud of something, don't you want to show it off?  Doesn’t it bring a smile to your face?  Don’t you love your creations (when they turn out)?  That is how God loves you and even more!

God created and loves you the way you are!  When you are you, and all of who YOU are, that is when you are most beautiful to God.

Then it gets messy because sin is present in our lives.  Don’t get confused because God hates sin; remember it is what causes us to be separated from him.  It is the whole reason Jesus had to die on the cross.

be true to who you are

God loves who he created us to be, not what this world has sadly told us we are.  When we really grasp what it means that God loves us and that we are worthy of His love, we will begin to shape into the person God intended and envisioned us to be.  We will see that because we are worth everything to God, there is nothing more we can do than to let go of our sinful tendencies and give our lives to him.

God could not stand the thought of being separated from us, so he made a plan to make sure that we could spend eternity with him.  He fought for you because you were and are worth it to God.