I have a friend who is a very talented artist. She has a degree in art, she teaches both adults and children in our community, and she astounds me with her abilities.
I used to look at her with
envy appreciation and think that I have nothing to offer when it comes to art. Sure, I am other worthy things, but I am certainly not an artist.
One day, as she was teaching the children of our community at one of her “Summer Art Camps”, she asked the kids to raise their hands if they were artists. She explained to the kids that we are all artists. We may not all be painters or sculptors, but in one way or another, we are artists.
My thoughts went to our Creator. We were created in the image of God, and He is the ultimate artist of the universe. I, too, must then create art because my Maker created me to do just that. It is the same for all of us, whether we realize it or not.
My art is my found in my words. I have always known that these words don’t come from just me. I believe that I am inspired by God to write down the thoughts that enter my mind. Often, if I cannot get the words down quickly, I lose them forever. That tells me that I am not creating them entirely of my own accord. I pray that my words would be inspired by the Holy Spirit for the edification of my readers and for the glory of God. That is my art.
I recently heard about a book called a million little ways by Emily P. Freeman. The subtitle of the book is: uncover the art you were made to live.
I got my hands on a copy and knew that I had share about it. In the beginning, it was difficult for me to read because it meant that I had to admit that I am an artist. It felt prideful until I understood the idea that we were created, in part, to create and share our art with others. I love the humility of her writing in that she doesn’t encourage us to create and share our art for our own benefit, but for God’s glory.
The main message I got from her book was found in her words,
Part of that job description, according to Emily, is to offer, to listen, to show up, to wonder, and to create, among others.
Whether you are an artist with a brush or a musical instrument, a baker gently shaping loaves in your kitchen day after day, a mother feeding and caring for her young ones, an executive at a major corporation, a doctor, or a waiter, you create art, everyday, in a million little ways.
I am, in no way, affiliated with the author of this book. I was just blessed by reading it and hope that you will do the same. I hope that you will read it and be encouraged that what you do matters. You have a purpose. You were created, in part, to create.
To read an excellent review of this book from Tobi @ Simply Jesus Ministries, click here.
If you would like to purchase a million little ways, you can do that from Amazon by clicking here.
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