Jesus Christ

Creating From Acceptance

What is Art?

Art communicates what we feel, it is storytelling through any medium. Art explores our heart’s corners, and displays the findings for others to sigh in agreement (or, sometimes, disagreement). Leo Tolstoy in his dissertation What Is Art? describes it in the best way:

“Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.”

Embracing Vulnerability

Art is extremely vulnerable. You’re letting someone else take a peek inside the crowded room of your heart and mind, the place where your experiences, ideas, hopes and fears dwell. There's no way around it. You either bare it all in full-blown authenticity, standing tall before every kind of response, or you play it safe behind your walls. Insecurities pretend to keep you safe. They don't keep you safe, they keep you hidden. And hiddenness produces shame. Instead, learn to acknowledge your weaknesses and, if necessary, change. 

KNOWING YOU'RE ACCEPTED

Your best, most authentic, expressions will be created from a place of acceptance, not for acceptance. Creating for acceptance, approval, and affirmation will exhaust you. I don’t believe that a reality of full acceptance can be achieved apart from Jesus. When you recognize that you are fully accepted in Christ, you can create from a security that is immovable. Should you disagree, I still sincerely hope that these thoughts about security and acceptance encourage your creativity.

Create from a place of acceptance and you can:

  • Be brave with your art
    You can forsake that frenemy of yours–fear! You can be confident that you are enough as you create, insecurity is longer the leader of your art.

  • Take risks and “fail”
    You can try new things and discover from your experiences what works for you and what doesn't’t.
     
  • Grow from criticism
    You no longer have to fear what people will say. You can take every remark into consideration and then keep what is helpful and discard what is hurtful.
     
  • Blaze your own trail
    You don’t have to copy what by nature would be inauthentic to you. You are free be “weird.”
     
  • Find meaning and purpose
    You can pursue purposeful expression and forsake the debilitating obligation of creating art to please others.

May you have the courage to push forward in the face of fear and discover how beautiful, loved, and accepted you truly are. From there your art will blossom in a freedom you never knew was possible. 


Nia is our social media + web content coordinator, as well as a worship leader and writer. She is fascinated with art and the powerful vessel it is for the Gospel. Learn more about Nia.

Trusting God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do,  and he will show you which path to take. - Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

This verse has been hitting home in my life lately! It all started this past October, I had been praying about the right time to propose to my girlfriend. I was nervous and afraid I wouldn’t be able to financially provide. But the Lord spoke to me three times, in three different ways, encouraging me to trust in Him and move forward. The first was on a lunch date with my buddy, he spoke to me and said “Dude, you’re more than capable to provide for her! The Lord has given you all that you need to be able to be good husband (2 Peter 1: 2-4).” God has given me everything I need to live a life that pleases Him. Namely, Jesus. That was a wake up call and I realized that I wasn’t really trusting in the Lord with all of my heart. Two days after that, I was talking with one of my student’s parents, and she said to me, “Alex, I am sorry if this is strange, but the Lord just told me to tell you that you are more than capable of being a good husband and leader of your household. Never let Satan tell you otherwise!” What a faithful God! After this second instance, I thought to myself, “If God has now told me this twice, I need to start trusting Him. My faith is being small right now.” The Lord continued to comfort my heart, so I began making the plans, trusting He would make a way. Finally, when I went to go and buy the ring, I only paid a third of what the ring was really worth! When I walked out of the store I heard God tell me, “See Alex, all you had to do was trust in me. I’ve got your back.” It was incredible. On December 14th, I asked my girlfriend Julie to marry me and by God’s grace she said yes!

God cares about the details our lives, our hopes, dreams and fears. Jesus speaks in the midst of our fear and literally becomes our peace. He will direct your paths and make everything perfect. Maybe not how we would have chosen, but when we trust that He is love, we can let go of our desire to control. We can let go of our disappointments and fears, because He (love) is not selfish, or cruel (1 Corinthians 13:4-7), He doesn’t deal with us according to our iniquity (Psalm 103:10). He is GOD and His intentions for His children are good. We can be sure of this because of Jesus. As we celebrate this Christmas seasons, remember the security you have in trusting God with your whole heart, remember Jesus and His love for you.

Merry Christmas!