It's a simple question really, although one that might be difficult to answer: What are you about? What defines you? What is unique about you? What makes you who you are?
Jamie asked this question of herself on her blog, which got me thinking about what I'm about.
I'm about Jesus, and I'm about helping others follow him.
I'm about my wife.
I'm about the Church and more specifically my church.
I'm about community.
I'm about cities. I live in DC, and my last three trips have been to Seattle, New York City, and Addis Ababa.
I'm about food. I especially love Chicago pizza, hot dogs and beef sandwiches, and if you grill meat I'll like it.
I'm about leadership, learning to lead myself and others well.
I'm about too much TV.
I'm about receiving grace and trying to get better at giving it.
I'm about reading and writing.
I'm about social media.
I'm about driving.
I'm about generosity.
I'm about being stressed and agitated but trying to change that.
I'm about my friends.
I'm about Sabbath.
I'm about poker.
I'm about competition and winning.
I'm about thinking and challenging and stretching my mind (and yours).
I'm about serving the vulnerable, because that's what Jesus is about.
I'm about integrity.
I'm trying to be about joy and intentionality.
I'm about theology.
I'm becoming about artistic expression and travel.
I used to be about politics.
I'm about exercise (sometimes).
What are you about? Leave a comment below or better yet, write your own post and link back to mine. I'll be sure to swing by your blog and check it out.
Photo by Flickr User gfpeck
So yesterday I posted this thought-provoking video…
…and as I mentioned, it got me thinking about discipleship, but it also got me thinking about art.
Should we invest time and money in creating beautiful music or video masterpieces for church services?
What about paintings and sculptures and poetry and sketches and photographs and speeches that may or may not bear any explicit religious purpose, that often possess little utilitarian use but connect with something deep inside of us and reveal not only the imago Dei but perhaps even the Deum Himself?
Does our creativity reflect and glorify the Creator in whose image we are made or are we wasting our days naval gazing or daydreaming or creating simply to create when we could be spending our lives in service to God through loving and serving and relating to others, offering our bodies as a spiritual act of worship?
Is your art your idol?
Does your creativity point to the Creator?
Does art have a place in the Church?