“Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.”
1 Peter 1:18 MSG
I had pursued an undergrad in Visual Arts earlier in my twenties and I can recall attending classes in sculpture, painting and drawing with thirty or so other peers. For each lab we analyzed what other students had been working on, allowing each to showcase their own work. I can remember being challenged, and criticized also questioning at times, to myself, you call that art? Yet, while I enjoyed creating and accepting different art forms, I found an interesting take away from my degree. That art, with any concept to back it up, is art. Opposed to math and science, where the answer is either right or wrong –art, can be proven otherwise.
“That’s the beauty of music and art is that there’s no right or wrong. Whichever way you paint the picture, you’re still painting the picture…” – Jonathan Chandler
As I look at my 6-month old daughter each day, she is in a constant state of development. To my eyes, she seems to change by the minute, and that is how we were designed. To keep moving, growing, learning. Physically, but also in who we are, our personalities, goals, and life paths. Our lives and experiences shape the art of who we become. Yet, we can get to a certain point in life where we’d rather not change. Thinking, this idea, this look, it’s working for me, why change?
“We change not because we are failures, but because the new thing, way, practice, belief- whatever it is –serves us better, individually and collectively.” – The Practice Co.
“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as a forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach.“ – Michelle Obama
I have been taught that God is a God that transforms. That he is concerned more about our character than comfort. I have witnessed these changes, and we all find these stories inspiring: turning wrongs into right, ashes to beauty. Ingrained in our identity is the ability to overcome, and the ability to create good change.
If becoming is an art, then transforming is a masterpiece. We have been given this life to become. We have been created to create. Arriving isn’t always the goal. I believe we will always be rising, asking, learning, adventuring, treasuring, and seeking.
“You have power to transform man’s futile anger into praise.” – Psalm 76:10 TPT
We find completeness in our creator. We can create, because we were created.
Our creative ambition brought on by an artistic God. So, let’s create good, let’s create change. Paint kindness and sculpt humility. Let’s reach for the unreachable, and believe that what God has put in us, is greater than ourselves.
“…be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”
– Romans 12:2 TPT
With the time given, we journey, until we arrive.
“And on that final day I die
I want to hold my head up high
I want to tell you that I tried
To live it like a song
And when I reach the other side
I want to look you in the eye
And know that I’ve arrived
In a world where I belong”
– Jon Foreman
“First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.”
Geneisis 1:1-2 MSG
“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” – Romans 12:2 TPT
“Who believes what we’ve heard and seen?
Who would have thought God’s saving power
would look like this?
The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.”
Isaiah 53: 1-6 MSG