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Art was my least favorite subject in school. To this day, I can still only draw a stick figure at best. Since I have no natural giftedness, I have never attempted to get better at it.
Although I can barely color within the lines, it may surprise you to know that I now consider myself an artist. I think we all are actually.
Seth Godin has been challenging me to see art in a whole new light. I now believe that art has very little to do with anything I ever did in art class growing up and everything to do with the passion God gave me for ministry.
“An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.” (Linchpin, p. 83)
If you have been leading in ministry for any amount of time, chances are you are coming up against the status quo of what has always been. But the church needs artists, like you and me, who will continue to push at what is cultural so that we never lose sight of what is core.
And your art should bring you joy.
It should bring you so much joy that you can’t help but share it with others. Your ministry – your artwork – is not meant to adorn the walls of your church. Art is a gift.
“You cannot create a piece of art merely for money. Doing it as part of commerce so denudes art of wonder that it ceases to be art. There’s always a gift intent on the part of the artist.” (Linchpin, p. 85)
Our challenge in ministry is to look beyond ourselves to see how we can live a life of generosity without reciprocity. If your art brings you joy, share it with anyone who will pause to take it in and be transformed by the experience.
Because the reality is, there are many leaders in ministry today who need artists. So if you are passionate about what you do, give it away so it can change someone else. I promise you, your gift will actually come back to you….in the joy you receive when you have impact on those who receive your labor of love.
So, do you consider yourself an artist?