Faith As Art

So, I have this awesome 2d design class.  I’m learning all kinds of stuff.  I love it.  For our final project we have to make an image that shows identity.  So, my initial thought was that I’ll do it on what my Christian faith means to me!  I was excited!

So, class came around the next day. And I was….well I was nervous.  I didn’t know how my teacher was going to react.  She was going around to each of us individually and helping us decide what to do.  One of the other guys was talking about doing his on agnoticism.  So, I was worried what he would think and what everyone else would think. 

She came to my desk and asked what I wanted to do my project on.  I procrastinated asking her if I could do it on what my faith means to me.  I told her that I was confused about the details, I kinda was.  She said to find something unique about myself.  She suggested that I use what my faith means to me.  WHAT!?!?!  I think that it was definitely meant to be! Haha I’m really excited, except I’m not sure what to do.  No crosses, crown of thorns, hearts or cliche pictures of Jesus.  I wanted to use a broken vase (psalm 51:17), but she said that may be to literal.  I agree with her.  I think I might do something with a potter working clay, because we are the clay.  That might be too literal also.  I don’t know what to do yet, but I’ll figure it out.  I’m just so excited that I get to use my faith! 😀

Please keep me in your prayers!

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Passion 2011!

I just got back from Passion 2011! It was pretty awesome! This was my first time to go.  I really wasn’t sure what to expect, other than Louie.  I’m just going to go ahead and admit that I’m not a big fan of Louie.  I don’t know what it is about him, but he just bothers me…  Anyway, I heard Francis Chan, David Platt, Beth Moore and John Piper for the first time.  I added Francis Chan and David Platt to my list of Christian heros.  I like Chan and Platt because they just seem so passionate and burdened about what they’re doing.
God really moved in our group.  We had one girl in our group accept Christ, which was awesome! I was in a bit of a Spiritual dip before the trip, but this was the kick I needed to get back on track.  I just feel so burdened to do something for God now.  I talked to my youth director about possibly doing a Bible Study.  I don’t have the slightest clue how to do it or what to do it on, but I think I will give it a shot.

There were more artists there than I have ever seen.  David Crowder; and his awesome beard, Charlie Hall, Chris Tomlin, Lacrae, Kristian Stanfil, and Matt Redman.  Those are the only ones I can think of right now.  Ha Lacrae wasn’t one of the worship leaders, but he was one of nite life concerts.  He was crazy good!  Although, he made me feel very white….See, I had never actually been to rap concert before that.  So, I thought everyone would just stand up, but as it turns out people dance and what not.

We stayed at an amazing hotel!  Haha I got a complementary hot chocolate every morning!  It was also amazing! Very nice staff, very tip worthy! 

Also, we managed to raised $1.3 million for several different charities.  We freed 21 girls from sex trafficking, built 25 wells in India, delivered 30,000 Bibles to Columbia, gave 78,000 socks and towels to homeless shelters around Atlanta and we managed to feed 2,000 children in Africa 3 meals a day for an entire year.  I can’t remember all the charities we gave to but after all the givings were added up it totaled over 1 million.  That was amazing to me!  I’m glad to have been a part of it!

All in all it was a very good four days!  I think everyone should try passion atleast once! It is an amazing spiritual experience!
Thanks for reading 😀

Too much…?

“I know the plans I have for you, ‘ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

I don’t know about you but I’ve heard this verse sooo many times.  Now that’s not a bad thing.  It’s an encouraging verse, which is why people use it so much.  A few nights ago when I was making a facebook page for our youth group I sent out a mass text to the counselers about a verse to use.  Well, Jeremiah 29:11 was one of the suggested verses. (just a note we ended up using 1 Timothy 4:12, really good passage of scripture)  Once I saw it my intial reaction was, “Oh I don’t want to use that.  Everyone uses that, it’s over used.”  That was the inspiration for this post.  Can a scripture be over used? (bear with me, I’m literally writing this down as it comes into my head)

I think Yes and No.  I think it can be overused as a quotation or by people for people things (like encouraging words of the day or quotes or someone’s ‘personal’ scripture).  But if when it’s used to glorify God, then it never gets old or over used.  Now, that makes me wonder is it glorifying God when you use it  as people things.  Anything, except sin, can be used to glorify God.  So, if you post scripture on facebook to make everyone think you’re a Christian can that still glorify his name?  That’s for selfish purposes, but to say God can’t use bad things for his plan is to sell God short.  I’m getting more questions than answers the deeper I dive into this.

What do you think?  I would love your input, not because I want it to look like I have a bunch of readers but just because I would honestly like to answer this question.  Please comment below if you have an answer.  Or email me at emt164@gmail.com

Thanks!

Luke 21:19