I couldn’t help but compare the book Pursuing Christ Creating Art with the Imagine How Creativity Works. By the first few pages, I figured out it wasn’t about being more creative but instead about the heart of the artist.
Even though you may be a different religion, I truly believe an editor/artist has to have the right heart for the project, any project. You gotta care about what you are creating. An assistant editor once tweeted me, “Art from the heart.”
I read most of the book on my flight to Vancouver. This book found me at the right time. The author’s occupation is an independent film maker, creating sermon illustrations and other type of videos for churches. Therefore he was speaking in my language.
“An artist is a heart condition, not a job.”
“…art finds it’s truest purpose when it’s creator attempts to make visible the invisible.”
“I honestly believe beautiful art can change the world.”
I must admit at times working for church, I felt like I was doing God a service. I would often refer to myself as a Martha. Martha was a women in the bible who was busy preparing dinner for Jesus while her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to him talk. Martha is known for getting upset with Mary for not helping. I’ve always understood Martha’s heart but I’m finally coming to understand Mary.
“We don’t create art for God. He doesn’t need it. But He dreams of creating art with you, for the world.”
Since I don’t have an official title to my name anymore, I related to the identity chapter. When people ask me what I do, it takes me a while. I say something different each time.
“identity is the person you are. Regardless of your actions. Take your actions away – both good and bad – and whatever is left is your identity. And there’s only one identity that has any value. A child of God.”
I know I learned this as a little girl in Sunday school but reading it on my flight to Canada it felt even more true. I thought my identity was what I did. I also misunderstood freedom.
“we tend to believe freedom is- the ability to do whatever we want, whenever we want.”
“Real freedom is the ability to tell Gods story with your unique voice.”
Reading this artist definition of freedom spoke to me. It was the kind of freedom I’ve been searching for.
“we can use our freedom as an opportunity to serve – to live large into the lives of others.”
I was being challenged by each line, challenged to be honest with myself, to admit my wrong turns in my thinking and to admit change within myself.
“it’s hard to pursue Christ in the mist of pursuing my own fame.”
“we must be careful that we don’t love our dreams more than other people.”
“the art we create cannot be our salvation. And when we ask our art to save us in any manner, we’ve created something more than art. We’ve creates an idol.”
“humans have no control over their dream outcomes.”
“I am going to plead with you not to give up on your gift. On your art you have been uniquely designed to create.”
“Never stop sharing the beautiful Story through your art.”
“platform only displays skill level, not heart condition.”
I wanna create stuff that matters. Its a desires that ever artist has. Reading another’s artist experience can help us navigate through our own travels.
That’s what I hope to do when sharing my journey with you. 🙂