"Some people might call you a piece of work. God calls you a piece of art." Those were Les Bon-Bernard's words last night to a crowd of us. The beautiful thing about art is it is relationally saturated in interpretational opportunity. Art is both the constructed canvas of oil paint, brush strokes, elemental materials, captured images, & reflections of multiple actions. But it is also an improve of those who are in view of it; those who are interacting with it on a social & relationally critical examination of where they find meaning & significance with it.
If each one of us is a masterpiece in the working, we have to ask ourselve's the questions that reveal who relationally is the artist's behind our sense of understanding & purpose? Who is creating "us" & the meaning for our existence?
Story's are powerful tools in revealing some of the significant artist's & craftsmen who create meaning & purpose in our life. It's why we should become master's in telling our own story so that we can be greater aware of who we are, where we come from, & what shapes the future to where we are going. But before diving into narrating our life's story, let's take a look at 3 important questions that can maybe give a context or canvas for that tale as it reveals truth about us.
Where do our imaginations need to expand & grow as we consider life today?
A year ago, I wrote a creative post where I imagined an artist painting a world that existed both in the painting, but also in the world outside of the artist's framework. I posed that, "this was the true masterpiece of his work, that the story is told not just within the canvas, but in the ways it stretches beyond the frames to grasp at, encounter, and be embraced by the very Spirit of his being!"
We can't really know everything about our world & try as we might, the meaning of things always seem to stretch beyond our full comprehension. It is as if the moment we think we've learned all there is about a particular person, subject, or event, it finds a new way to express itself or they reveal something you never knew about them. This is the transcendent reality to everything in life; change is going to happen!
Our imaginations are an incredible gift to be able to see into those transcendent realities; to catch glimpses of unrealized meanings & potential in our relationships, our actions, & the untaped knowledge of our existence. To ask the question, where do our imaginations need to expand & grow as we consider life today? Is to open ourselves to seeing that which we never considered seeing before.
What does it mean to be human today?
I've been reading Mathew Lieberman's book 'Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Connect'. As he points out, "Connection is the foundation on which our lives are founded, but evolution was far from finished, making sure we would make the most of our social lives." His point was that our human identity is based on an intrinsic codependence upon one another, but that this codependence actually evolves & enriches who we are as we become better humans!
When we ask, what does it mean to be human today? We begin an exploration of how we find meaning & significance in the other relationships we have. Of course, being human is dynamic & our relationships are not restricted to just other human beings. This is a question of relating to our environment, the elements of creation around us & the other species that exist within it. It also asks how we find harmony with other human beings in our planet; our neighbours, friends, & even the strangers we encounter for the first time while traveling our city streets, pathways, & sidewalks. Perhaps also, as we stretch our imaginations beyond the canvas edges of life, we can begin asking how we relate to God & the divine narratives of truth & eternity.
How should we be sharing our story today?
Mark Twain once said, "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born & the day you learn why." While I might argue that the first of these two might be more accurately said as the day you are conceived, Twain's truth reveals a great deal about our calling to share our story.
The truth is, we begin telling our story the day we are born. From our first cry to the look of our eyes upon our mother as she raises us up to her chest, we begin an epic tale of courageous adventure, tragic failures, overcoming adversities, & undying love. We're not necessarily aware of it, & we don't always truly get it right but, from the moment of our entering this world we begin sharing a story that weaves itself into the fabric of space, time & relationships so as to forever change this world.
But there is also the day that you become aware of the fact that you are telling a story. In an article from the Huffington Post, Rachael Freed articulates that, "telling our stories is not an end in itself, but an attempt to release ourselves from them, to evolve and grow beyond them. We tell our stories to transform ourselves; to learn about our history and tell our experiences to transcend them; to use our stories to make a difference in our world; to broaden our perspective to see further than normal; to act beyond a story that may have imprisoned or enslaved us; to live more of our spiritual and earthly potential."
When we embrace the awareness that we are sharing our story, we are also accepting the responsibility that our masterpiece brings transformation to others & those who hear it. When we are asking, how should we share it today? It is so that we might seek & endeavour for our efforts to be made in harmony with others & a positive presence amidst many other stories & masterpieces being told & created today.
This coming Saturday June 2nd, The Inception Of Wonder is hosting its 1st gathering event at The Mustard Seed Community Hub. While watching Rob Bell's Story in the film 'The Heretic' we want to create a space, a canvas for people to explore & share their stories. Before breaking into smaller groups, we will have a small panel of leaders at the front who will explore 3 questions:
- Where does the church's imagination need to expand & grow today?
- What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?
- How should the church be sharing its story today?
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