For years [a lot of them, lol], I have led weekend services staff. Many times I have bought my staff members a book – an “older” book. It’s called “The Heart of the Artist,” by Rory Noland. Rory Noland is a great writer. He’s also a friend – quiet, unassuming and humble, his books come from experience rather opinion. The book delves into how we weekend service church staff and volunteers – musicians, production people, video editors, etc… – are wired. How we think. What inspires us. Why we react the way we do – and what to do about it.
On anyone’s journey to discover why they do what they do, they need to figure out who they are. I’m amazed more of us don’t realize who we are. If you are in the group I mentioned above, who you are is obvious. You’re an artist. You create. Embrace that – every little kid does. You’ve just gotten scared to admit it over the years. Acknowledging who you are will help you to be able to use what you create to help others and to move them towards God. That’s why you’re here – and why God wired you as an artist.
Here are a couple quotes by Rory to help you along the way:
“They are trying to be significant in their universe—trying to mean something more than a random collision of molecules. Though modern philosophy tells them they are nothing, their hearts tell them something else. Because their minds cannot fathom what their hearts know, they feel the weight of the God-placed burden. Art often seems irrational, because the heart is reaching beyond the mind.”
“But then, no artist is normal; if he were, he wouldn’t be an artist.”