The above is an art journal page I did last night as a part of my #AKO100DaysofMaking 100 Day Project. I sat and stared at it for quite a while and realized I needed to say more.
Certain titles and identities that I’ve comfortably donned for years no longer fit. They’ve chafed and rubbbed me to the point of leaving blisters.
So I’ve stepped out of them into…I’m not sure what. Something different, I guess.
Well, for me anyway.
I’m an artist who loves Jesus but I don’t think of myself as a “Christian” artist.
I am a follower of Christ who believes that equality and justice for all is right, no matter what faith, gender, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation a soul may be.
Also? I love Jesus but I cuss a little.
I share and, some might say minister, with and to Christian Creatives knowing that if some of them knew exactly how I felt about certain subjects, there is a very real possibility they might condemn me and batter me with arguments disguised as truth offered in love. I know because I’ve watched them do it to others.
And, yes, that scares me a bit.
But Y’all? I’m far more interested in being my authentic self with you all, brokenness and uncertainty included, than I am of cultivating an online persona that most will find palatable.
To me, when holding on to my comfort zone leaves those around me unseen, unheard, unsafe, and unloved, it’s time to step out.
This is what love looks like to me.
Open honesty that leaves my imperfections on display and me far outside my comfort zone is how I love God, you, and myself.
So where does that leave me?
Firmly in the hands of a Father who loves me.
That doesn’t change, no matter how uncertain I may be or how many questions I may ask.
And it’s the best place to be.
Thank you for listening, Dear One.
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