I just started reading Andy Andrews latest book, The Little Things and I was wondering if anyone would like to join me as we read it together and share thoughts back and forth. I am of the belief that he is one of the great thinkers of out time and this book is no exception. I’d love to share this journey with a couple people. Any takers?
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My denomination sponsored a workshop today called Reimagining Art for Worship. Led by Diane Brandt, this was a great day and a great workshop. Diane Brandt is the creative arts pastor at a church in nearby Lancaster, PA. She gave us a lot to work with. We started off working with Play-Doh, creating something that reflected a moment of blessing from the day before.
After that, she had us create a piece of art that reflected our view of God. It was really quite interesting to try to put into pictures what is in our hearts. In the midst of this all was a constant insistence that we be kind to ourselves and respectful of where we are in our creative journey. Brandt was a constant source of encouragement. Then before our lunch break, she showed us examples of the work that she had done. It’s clear she is a very talented artist, yet she was continually humble. After a lunch break we reconvened around a Scripture (the woman at the well), and through a process of Lectio Divina and prayer, each participant allowed the passage to speak to us and then created a way to express the passage as if we were going to share it in a church/worship environment. I was amazed at the diversity of creations that were created around the room.
This was a really good day, and even though I do a lot of this stuff already and on my own, it was good to sit under someone else’s teaching and to fellowship with other church leaders wanting to increase the creativity in their ministries. I learned a lot today and I can’t wait to put it into practice.
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I know God is good and I trust Him. Still there are times where I wonder if I am doing everything right and if I am making enough of the right efforts, especially with my speaking ministry. I’m a pastor and so I want to make sure I am being faithful to the people and the God who have called me to lead at this time while also being faithful to my call beyond the walls. It can be a real balancing act but it is also a tremendous blessing. Still I sometimes find myself wondering if I am doing enough to promote the speaking ministry. My bookings are a little off what they sometimes are by this time of the year and my summer looks a little slim. About the time I start to wonder, I get a reminder. In this case from a dear friend who feels led to bring me in to his ministry multiple times this year. It’s just another reminder that while I am called to be faithful, God’s faithfulness will exceed mine every single time.
So here’s the point you should take from this. Do your best to honor God with everything you do. Put forth your best efforts, do all that you feel led to do and work hard. This is called faithfulness. After that it’s up to God and He can always be trusted.
You need to do your part and then you need to trust.
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If you’re like a lot of people, you might be scratching your head and saying “Who is Bezalel?” If you’re a Christian artist, you probably already know. I’m reading a great little book about Bezalel right now from author Christ John Otto and it is an eye opener. Throughout scripture there are several people that were said to be filled with the Spirit, but the first of them was Bezalel. Why was he filled with the Spirit? To make art! Bezalel is the second artist mentioned in the Bible. The first, of course, is God. Bezalel was filled with the Spirit so he would be able to do the work of creating and constructing all the beautiful things that made up the Tabernacle. It was a momentous task.
I was really interested to learn what Bezalel’s name means. In Hebrew, Bezalel means Image of God. He is also the son of Uri, which means light. His name literally means Image of God son of the light. And so it is with all God calls to create in His name. We get this privilege of a kind of mini-incarnation. We get to call into being things that were not. We get to make the invisible, visible so that others can see it and understand. We are given the privilege of of creating, and while our creations pale in comparison to the things our Father creates, we at least get to help to inspire people and help them to understand. We are sons and daughters of the light because we are children of God and we are called to reflect his light into the dark corners of our world. Like Bezalel we need to create that which God inspires as closely as we are physically (and in Him) able, to that inspiration. If we are faithful in this God will use us and our efforts mightily. God is good and so must we be and do good as we create with all that we have to His glory. Bezalel modeled that for us all. One could argue He created a physical manifestation of the throne room of heaven. His work a literal interpretation of what our Lord taught us to pray, “on earth as it is in heaven.” May we do the same with our work.
Let’s be Bezalel. Images of God, children of light.
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Hey everyone, I’m a booked pretty heavily this weekend and it looks like we could have some interesting weather. I have a class Saturday morning a presentation Saturday night and I start spiritual renewal services on Sunday. Lots of driving coming up and I really could use decent roads for it. Could you pray for safety and/or/both good weather for me? I would really appreciate it.
And of course if you ever need an artist speaker for your church, I can be contacted here.
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Well by now a lot of you know, I am not a big fan of snow. I know God is a great artist and he has good reasons for snow, and it is very pretty but I much prefer when he works in his green palette. This year in this part of Pennsylvania, we had very little snow, as a matter of fact we had quite a few days in February where it was near 70 degrees. It was awesome, but now… this…
We are in blizzard conditions, the snow is falling horizontally and piling up in huge drifts. It’s pretty wild out there right now. It seems like we were on a snow diet all winter long and now as we near Spring it’s time for a “snow binge.” It reminded me of an important concept for all of us. The concept of moderation.
So often, in our creative lives we have ebbs and flows, times where we’re blocked and times where we can’t create enough and in both those times, moderation is a key. I have a feeling the reason we get blocked is because we burn out in the times of inspiration. The thing is neither of these things is good. Creative block can be mentally and Spiritually agonizing, but those times of creative excess can be times when we don’t do our best stuff because we just feel so busy. We need moderation.
It’s this simple, your body and mind need rest. There seems to be this “make hay while the sun shines mentality that comes with creative booms. We have to create when we have the inspiration because we’ve all been through those inspiration famines and as soon as I thought of that term, I got the solution. In the Bible during times of famine, there was usually one option, starve and hope you make it through to the next bumper crop, but then we hear from a guy names Joseph. God showed him a famine was coming and told him what to do, and as a result, he not only went from a slave, to the second most powerful person in the most powerful nation on earth at the time, but he also saved many lives including the lives of God’s chosen people. The answer was simple. Save up in times of plenty so that you have something for the times of famine.
When you are in those times if inspiration plenty, what if you saved up some of that inspiration for times when inspiration is lacking? It’s fairly easy to do. You just need a notebook, a sketchbook or some kind of electronic device to store the ideas. Then when the ideas are sparse, you just refer back to them and keep right on going. This is really just good stewardship and faithfulness. After all maybe the reason you’re blocked is because you haven’t followed through on something God gave you.
The bottom line is if we work in moderation, we’ll be healthier and more creative, doing better quality work and we’ll (at least theoretically) never run out of ideas. Well out to shove up some of this snow. There’s more coming, but I don’t want to have to move it all at once. See that, I’m practicing moderation.