*You are art and you make art.
These words pinned by Emily P. Freeman in her newest book, A Million Little Ways, grab me and hold me close.
I am art.
And I make art.
This world is full of artists - the painter, which naturally pops into my head and the singer, the writer. Yet, around the corner the block is filled with teachers, people who make art with numbers and research, and the sales clerk at the grocery store or the pizza man who delivers the Italian scent to my front door. We are all artists and we all have been made by the same Artist. How you create might look different from me, but at our core we all dance to the familiar tune of the Songwriter who sang us into the world.
It is our responsibility to uncover the art we were born to make. Emily offers encouragement in Part Two of her book, inviting us to look within, back, up, around, and beneath. In Chapter Five, she shares about how to sink into God. She says that the Hebrew word for sink is raphah meaning to fail. Fail and know that I am God. **She goes on to say:
"As we begin to uncover the art God had in mind when he made us, as we begin to wake up at our deepest desires and expose them in the presence of Jesus, there is a real possibility we will become overwhelmed with one of two realities in front of us. Either we have lived a lot of our lives denying who we truly are and we feel discouraged for the wasted time, or we see what we most deeply desire and want to forsake everything in order to have those desires satisfied now.
But God invites us into a different kind of sinking.
In the act of sinking into God, of looking up at him from the depths of our own inadequacy, we begin to know who he is. In turn, we know who we are as well."
In Part 3, we are taught how to release the art we were made to live. No matter how terrified we might be or how much of a challenge this art making will seem, we gain courage in knowing that we will make art. You will make art. So will I.
To learn more about A Million Little Ways, check out this book trailer:
You can also head over to Emily's site Chatting At The Sky and check out her 31 Days of Living Art series that she just finished in October. A Million Little Ways is also being read by the Bloom book club over at (in)courage and they have videos to go along with each week's chapters.
I love this book so much that today I'm going to offer it to one of you. Just participate in this simple giveaway by doing one (or more!) of the items below and you will be entered into the drawing. The giveaway will end on Thursday at midnight and I'll share who the winner is on Friday. Trust me, no matter what kind of art you think you were designed to make, this book is a great read for your soul. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Till next time, let your light shine!
Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
*Emily P. Freeman, A Million Little Ways, 33.
**Emily P. Freeman, A Million Little Ways, 78-79.