[I'm really falling behind on my writing ... but I've been truly enjoying life in the process ...
so that kind of voids my late posts, doesn't it?]
In "a million little ways" Emily Freeman helps us to "uncover the art you were made to live." That alone sounds intimidating, but in reality, her words have opened up my eyes to all the ways that we are capable of creating, living, being, and giving art.
These are some of the powerful quotes I've highlighted from the first three chapters ...
"I can't imagine anything more dangerous to the enemy of our hearts than people who know who they are." [p15]
"You were born to make art. ... Because you were also made to live art. ... It's time to live as though we believe we have something to offer. ... Because it isn't only the painters who are allowed to be expressive, it isn't only the musicians who can touch our souls, it isn't only the novelists who can inspire us to dream." [p17]
"Perhaps those who make art in the ways we traditionally think of art give the rest of us a framework from which to live our lives. They offer a gift of knowing what life could look like if it were handled more like a mysterious piece of art rather than a task-oriented list. We may not all have the same skill or training as do the painters or the musicians, but we all bear the image of a creative God." [p20]
"Art is what happens when you dare to be who you really are. ... We make art with our lives." [p21]
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
"These English words used in the text ~ masterpieces, sometimes translated workmanship ~ these are translations of the original word used in the letter to the church at Ephesus, the Greek word poiema. Our English word poem comes from this same Greek word. Workmanship, masterpiece, poem ~ all these words in Scripture are used to describe God's work ~ you and me. ... God calls you his workmanship, his poiema. ... We are walking poetry, the kind that moves, the kind who has hands and feet, the kind with mind and will and emotion." [p25]
"Knowing you are a poem doesn't confine you to be artsy, it releases you to be you. We are art, every one of us. No matter our personality, skill, talent, or inclinations." [p29]
"Uncovering your art is about waking up. ... Being a mess doesn't disqualify you from having an influence. And it doesn't make you any less of a poem." [p36]
"Because you are a gift worth offering, and if you don't know that, we're missing out on you." [p37]
I don't want to miss out on life anymore.
I want to uncover my art.
The art of living.