Grace and Faith to Spare

randomlychad  —  July 6, 2012 — 6 Comments

We who write, or create–sculpt, paint– feel a certain filial affection towards our creations. This stands to reason, for we pour much of ourselves into our work. In fact, no less than the great J.R.R. Tolkien called mankind a race of “sub-creators”–we create because we were fashioned in the image of the Creative One.

I would venture to say that it’s in our DNA.

We create–art, books, even blog posts–because we were made to do so. And always, like a parent raising a child, there’s a letting go that necessarily takes place when our art emerges into the world. Just as a child is conceived, and grows in the womb, it cannot stay thus cocooned. Because it was never meant to:

Art does not exist in a vacuum: it was made to be shared.

But in so doing, we who create, risk. Because our art takes on a life of its own. Again like a child, though a part of us, it exists independently of us. And that is a gamble.

For those who, like me, write, we never quite know how our words will be received. This is a condition endemic to humanity:

We want to be liked.

But as “sub-creators” this is a trap. Did God the Father do what He did–making us and the universe ex nihilo–because He needed to be liked?

I contend to you NO!

He did it for the sheer joy of creating, because His nature is love. Love freely gives, desires to share.

And that is the place you, and I, need to be:

In it for love.

Else we fall victim to pride, hurt, misunderstanding… Don’t get me wrong: we will be misunderstood. But if we’re in it, as God Himself is and was, just for love–and not for approval, or affirmation, we can weather those storms with grace and faith to spare.

What do you think? Do you blog, paint, post, write? Please take the time to share:

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  • ShandaSargent

    Chad,

    This speaks to me! Thank you for sharing it. This has been a huge challenge for us, and one of the reasons I think God has called us to minister to small groups of people. Matt and I both kind of know that we will never do the “flashy” or “something big” thing. It doesn’t make what we give or put out there any less. God whispers deep that Jesus ministered to just a handful. I’m not sure where it has gotten off, but our “Christian culture” certainly has. Keep giving what you give, Chad. I know it’s hard when you bleed words to let them go. Believe me, I know. I always try to tell myself that even if what I share makes a difference to one, then it was worth it. What if, sometimes, getting the words out made a difference for me, and I am the one? Does that make sense?

    Blogging and writing is a beautiful opportunity to give and trust. God stirs the words, and we write them. We give them by laying it all down, and we trust God that who HE wants to find the “gift” words will….. that letting go thing, again.

    I am rambling, I know….. but I GET IT!!! Thank you for fleshing it out in words, friend.

    • Shanda, thanks so much! That’s it exactly: “we trust God…”

      I’ve also often thought that perhaps bleeding those words out is more for me than anybody. Even so, I do hope they connect with even just one soul.

  • I think you are right on the money Chad. When I write, I write for two reasons: to help myself and to help others. If I ever were to write for MY glory or praise or to make myself look good, I hope I would realize that I am not writing out of a place of love.

    • Amen, Jim! I feel the same.

  • When I first started reading, I thought of someone who likes to cook. They love for someone to eat their food and get feedback. There is a joy in it.

    • Larry, very true--there is joy in it.