Another number for a title? It seems that I've had 95 visitors in the month of September so far. All I can say is thanks for visiting, I'm pleasantly surprised to find that people are interested, and motivated to continue.
I've been reading a book called "Linchpin" by Seth Godin, and he argues that in our current economy, it's no longer good enough to just show up and be responsible. This attitude leads one to become another cog in the machine, trading a days labor for a days pay. A linchpin, on the other hand is not replaceable. A linchpin goes a step beyond. According to Godin, a linchpin is an artist, willing to share his or her art with the world.
Tonight in our weekly youth group meeting, we talked about Ephesians 2:10- "you are God's workmanship, created to do good works." I thought about why I have blogged for several years now regardless of readership. I realize that it makes me feel good to create. I create because I can and it brings me pleasure. I think the fact that I can engage in a creative exercise without the constraint of worrying about what I'm going to get in return (money, lots of readers, publication) makes it even more enjoyable. But after monitoring my analytics over the last week, the thought that others may be engaged in my creative process has become a source of joy as well.
This is an encouragement to me in my work, as a teacher and a minister. I'm growing to see my work less and less as a job, but as an opportunity to engage with others in novel and creative ways-- as a creative process of art to share with the world. Creating this art brings me joy, and the reception of this art doesn't provide the validation, but sharing it certainly does.
I hope that you can begin to see your activities in life from the perspective of art. Whether it is your job, school, sports, or volunteer activities, I hope that you realize that you are an artist, a creative force. You have the potential to interact with others in new and novel ways, adding meaning, if not value to their lives and enriching yours in the process.
And if you happen to share my faith in God, I hope you can see the connection. An artist creates because it pleases him/her. The joy in creation is lost if it isn't shared. You are God's masterpiece, created to do good works that were prepared for you even before you were born. May you find your art and share it with the world.