DO YOU SEE YOURSELF?
The Netflix app on your phone is not just a gateway for your kids to be distracted on a long car ride but also a gateway to encounter God through the stories told in film and tv. You are likely to be inspired in your own life simply by losing yourself in a story and hearing some poignant words spoken by the protagonist. You feel deeply the stories told in the arts. Your faith finds meaning in the truth and beauty that surrounds your everyday. Your Instagram feed is ripe with inspiration, giving you a greater sense of the nearness of the Divine. You may be accused of taking things too seriously or getting “sucked in” by the story of others. You are emotionally involved in the stories that surround you. Even the very word STORY is ripe with meaning, unfolding all kinds of inspiration. Beauty is a pursuit for you. Both to express it authentically and to find it in every moment of everyday. Truth is not a rigid stone like pronouncement, but a diamond in the rough that glimmers its multifaceted prism of light throughout life.
God and creativity are intertwined. You see the language of Genesis — the beginning — as the spark of creativity that is both universally other and intimately within all people. The image of God, or at least an aspect of it, is the creative expression we all have. You cringe at the distinction of some being creative and others not so much. A true hope of yours is to for everyone to see the artistry around them and within them.
A soul that is free and alive is a soul that creates. We need not only a new view of God but a new view of us. We need a new theology and a new anthropology. Humans create.
– Erwin McManus
The arts and the natural world are so much more than college courses or scientific hypothesis — they are realms that birth and nurture awe in our life. Science is a realm of wonder and discovery. The arts offer an expression of truth and story. Nature is the evidence of God’s otherness and nearness.
He is the exact image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation, the eternal. It was by Him that everything was created: the heavens, the earth, all things within and upon them, all things seen and unseen, thrones and dominions, spiritual powers and authorities. Every detail was crafted through His design, by His own hands, and for His purposes. He has always been! It is His hand that holds everything together. He is the head of this body, the church. He is the beginning, the first of those to be reborn from the dead, so that in every aspect, at every view, in everything—He is first. God was pleased that all His fullness should forever dwell in the Son who, as predetermined by God, bled peace into the world by His death on the cross as God’s means of reconciling to Himself the whole creation—all things in heaven and all things on earth.
– Colossians 1 THE VOICE
- Do you get out in nature to find God?
- Does holy ground for you include the art museum, the cinema, a book of poetry, and a hike through the mountains?
- Do you have a sense of the Divine when you engage in stories? Whether they be the story of the songwriter, the story of the screen play, or the story in the art?
- Do you consider yourself and everyone as creative?
- Do you write poetry to express whats going on in you?
- Do you paint or draw or create in order to speak about your inner life or the experience of others?
- Are you sensitive to the aesthetics that surround you? Do you care about how things look? what’s being expressed?
- Are you sensitive? emotional? particular?
- Does faith, for you, speak to more than a spiritual aspect of life, but more of a full-bodied everyday encounter?
- Does the “ideal church” is a creative hub of both expressing your faith and receiving truth from others art?
- While you love so many things about Convergence 😉 you are especially drawn to the way you see God in our expression of faith creatively and the discovery of truth in the creative voices of our culture.
– by scott scrivner
VIEW THE OTHER ASPECTS
In what ways do you most naturally encounter God?
Take a look at these slideshows — they may be the first clue as to where you identify.
BEAUTY: Do you see God in what these images represent?
TABLE: Do you see God in what these images represent?
DEVOTION: Do you see God in what these images represent?
CITY: Do you see God in what these images represent?
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The Inspiring Nature of the Everyday