Thanks for joining me
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
I’d like you to come with me on a journey of faith. In Matthew 4:19 Jesus said, “Come…follow me.” I wonder what his new followers felt like? Probably both excited and uncertain; but isn’t that just like life? We can never really know all that is ahead of us.
Psychologists tell us that the excitement of a new adventure often serves to distract us from the recurring problems of our daily lives. Then, once the excitement has faded the same old issues surface. For some, that means looking for a new adventure. For others it might mean facing their issues.
One of the best ways to deal with both a new adventure as well as old problems is by using some form of creativity. Personally, I enjoy writing and I have found that consistent journaling opens new ways of seeing as well as dealing with nagging issues. It’s funny, really, because I was first a singer and had never really thought of writing. Singing, I found out, was something that I did for others, while writing was for my own sense of awareness.
My sister is a fabulous artist. Her sketches, designs, and paintings are sought by both individuals and businesses. She used to do a completely different kind of work though; clerical. And she was very good at it. Eventually, however, her true self emerged. That meant laying one thing down for another.
Creativity has a sly way of stripping off the veneer that life, uncertainty, or our people-pleasing tendency may have caused us to wear. Jesus said something else to those who followed him on his journey. In Matthew 10 he talked about losing self to find self. That notion suggests that we have more than one self – the one that we polish up and present to the world and the true self that is waiting to speak up. You can’t find your true self alone; it takes faith. Faith allows us to set aside pretense and to be more authentic, leaving the rest to God.
So, come with me, please. Join me in a life of authentic creativity that comes from the freedom that God offers all of us.