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.
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.
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.