Be a Great Artist < Make Great Art

You are always communicating something.

Maybe you're communicating through your words that you love someone... through your inaction that you are lazy... or through the way that you walk that you don't have a care in the world.

In Romans 1:19 it says, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” I think its amazing how much this says about how God communicates and actually tells us something about His standards of truth. On top of this, the creation account in Genesis 1 and 5 says that mankind was made in God's image. The phrase being used, "imago dei", literally means image, shadow, or likeness.

When we act in a way contrary to God's character we are denying that we are made in His image. When you steal, lie, lust, gossip, covet, etc. you are actually lying about who God is because you are meant to reflect His creative nature. So often our lives are communicating the very opposite! 

Take a look at this small clip from the movie, "F is For Fake" by Orson Welles. This rather odd documentary is supposed to be an essay on deception, forgery, and the unreliability of experts... For the most part, I think the point of the film is to show how the current (current then, anyway) market promotes an artist above the art they are creating. Instead of valuing good art for what it's communicating, they value art based on the opinions of society.

We take so much time and energy trying to make a name for ourselves... what if we took that time and energy to communicate things greater than ourselves?

What if we made godly virtue the focus of our life's work instead of our own name? How do you think it would effect the message of what we produce?

It has all brought me to the conclusion that: Be a Great Artist < Make Great Art.