“The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.” ~ Eric Gill, Philosopher

New And Visionary

Artists make things. They take ideas and create tangible pieces of work we can hear, see, touch or experience.

Every person alive is an artist of some kind. If you are going through a midlife divorce, try to see the struggles of that situation as raw materials for something new and visionary. Artists use what they have … notes, paints, numbers, heartaches, disappointments, words … and make them into something new and worthwhile.

The Art Of Our Lives

I’ve heard some artists say they are creating for themselves. The art process is definitely something invigorating and challenging on its own, but it’s the art we share that is the precious commodity. It’s the art of our lives that can bring joy and pleasure and goodness into the lives of other people.

Here are a few ideas from the Artist chapter of the book, A Kick in the Seat of the Pants: “change contexts, ask ‘what if,’ look at it backwards, join together, make a metaphor, break the rules, fool around, or do nothing.” These are all ways we can change our thinking and turn bad circumstances into something new and glorious … something that would not have even been possible without the difficult experiences we have been through.

Create Something!

Be an artist this week. Whatever we have planned, let’s consciously use the raw materials of our life … and create something really outstanding and worthwhile from it. God made us for that. He made us new creations, so that we can be creators of good ourselves. Let’s pick up our own individual art bag and get started!

“It is God Himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives ….” ~ Ephesians 2:10a (TLB)

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