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Friday, March 6, 2015

Artist: one courageous enough to look past your judgement

I've been thinking a lot about artists lately.  The one I strive to be, the man-child I am coaching and raising, and those that I admire for their well known work.  Writers, musicians, painters, poets, chefs, leaders; their craft is not nearly as important as their method and their beliefs.  Mostly their belief in themselves and their courage. 

What I've grown to love and appreciate about artists .........the only thing that separates them from the everyman, is their courage.

 An artist is courageous enough to look past your judgement and push through to produce the art. 

I've watched my son take the pain of middle school and the judgement of high school and shrink a bit to try to fit in.  And then to watch him discover the beauty of his own art and slowly, very slowly become more courageous.  Courageous enough to embrace his differences to acknowledge the art is too big and must come out.  The art is about the creating, not always about the outcome. The songs must be written, the music must be played.  And those that are shrinking to fit in and be liked are missing out on the art and the joy of creating.

Some day he may be applauded for his courage but for today he must muster deep deep from within.  Before the applause, before the external glorification of his worth, he must find it deep from within.  He must find it in the creating.

We all possess the artist inside. Those granted with the title of artist, had the courage to look past your judgement and just create. 


Thursday, March 5, 2015

I Am Broken

I am so so broken.  And by the way, I'm guessing so are you.

I've spent a lot of time trying to do things right.  To be the right person.  To know the right things. 

And I'm done. Not because I'm giving up, but because I've seen the Light.

Now I'm going to be me, all of me, broken 'ole me. 

I've looked around at all of us and this is what I know for sure, the only thing we have in real common is our brokenness. 

Our sin, our trauma, our anxiety and our brokenness is who we really are.  This huge knot of complexity that we spend too much time standing apart from one another wondering if your knot is bigger than mine, or maybe you don't see mine if I cover it with enough.

Enough of this, enough of that, none of it is enough to cover the brokenness. 

And what would happen if we really covered it all?  All of what we really have in common.

 In it's sheer complexity of brokenness is our commonality and our connection.

So as I stand in this new moon, this full and beautiful Beacon of Light, what I know is this.......all that we can hope to know ....... is what is pure and true. 

And the rest.  Well, the rest is just our mess.  And guess who loved our mess the best?

Because when we're at our worst, the Maker of Light still loves us the best. 



Sunday, February 22, 2015

What Needs To Die?

What needs to die in you? 

For you to truly grow
and regenerate
and live fully
and live bravely?

Is it time for you to regenerate?

Is it time to create?
Is it time to regenerate your spirit?
Is it time for you to restore to a better state?
Is it time for you to feel worthy?

What is missing in your life?  Do you even know what's missing?  Do you feel lost and frustrated?

Like a seed ready to germinate, it first must die.

A fire across the land will bring the flowers and grass back lusher than before. 

In order to grow and flourish and live fully alive, sometimes something must first die.

What needs to die in you?

Is it your anger?
Or your worry?
Or your secrets?

What do you need to shed in order to live fully alive?

Are you living in a vicious loop of frustration?  Waiting for something to change?

Maybe it is you that must change.  Maybe it is something that must first die in you.

Maybe today is the day that you just say a small timid prayer and ask for change, ask to be regenerated, ask to be changed.

Maybe today you decide to leave the anger and the worry and your secrets behind and today you just quietly pray.  Nothing fancy.  Just ask. Be humble, be ready, be open. 

Isn't it time to flourish and grow and bloom?  He's ready.  Just ask.

 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24