Is Your Hobby Something More than Just a Pastime?

Excerpts from “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist” by Matt Tommey


Write about a time you were affirmed because of your creativity, artistic expression or uniqueness.

Things we burn for in our lives and in our art are the very things God has birthed within us so that we can reflect His image.

Understanding God’s desire for you to be fully alive is key to your growth as an artist and as a believer. It frees you to be everything you are called to be with no fear, anxiety or worry about who you are or what your life looks like.

Your art, your creative expression, is not just some hobby or mindless activity. Neither is it a waste of time that will not produce anything real. It is, in fact, a window to the heart of God, designed for Him to flow His presence through in order to touch the lives of his people and change the earth.

Have you ever asked God what He wants to say through your art? What if you began to ask God for secrets of His kingdom as it pertains to your creative expression?

Each person is given something to do that shows who God is.

This kingdom journey is not just some meeting we go to, it is the way we choose to live our lives. It is the adventure of flowing with the Spirit of God!

Unlocking the Heart of the Artist

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does this make any sense?

One of Innumerable Examples


You could pretend you’re still normal

As you (for example)

Channel surf

Just wantin’ to zone out

And land on yet another



But you carry the SPARK

In your humble paper sack


So you

Power off

And write this poem instead


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Which line or image grabs you?

A Prayer by Rabindranath Tagore

Let Your love play upon my voice
and rest on my silence.

Let it pass through my heart
into all my movements.

Let Your love, like starts, shine
in the darkness of my sleep
and dawn in my awakening.

Let it burn in the flame of
my desires and flow in
all currents of my own love.

Let me carry Your love in my life
as a harp does its music,
and give it back to You at last
with my life.


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Sea Change

coast-50062_640Sea Change

Like tides moved by the moon

I’m splashed across dry sand

Moonlit salty drops

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“Vanishing Grace” Written with Grace

If you read the blurb on about Phillip Yancey’s Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? you might think the book will be a litany of how Christians are messing up at spreading the gospel. In other words, we’ll get a righteous scolding. Who wants to read that?

Fortunately, Yancey doesn’t bash Christians.

In an engaging, honest and non-accusatory tone, Yancey cites examples of Christian statements, attitudes and behaviors that turn others off and turn some against Christianity and Christians.

The analogies are apt and illustrative. The anecdotes are ones I find myself telling others, as in, “Did you know that after Roe vs Wade …?”

There are many take-away messages for Christ’s followers, such as, “Don’t look at others as targets to convert. Look at others as ones who God loves.”

Yancey points out an instructive note in Acts 17 that Paul wisely used when talking to the people about their idols. Yancey doesn’t quote scripture much. So keep your bible handy if you’re kind of new to its contents.

art crosses pastel



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Muslims, Christians…what’s happening, what do we do?

Please take about 40 minutes to listen to Greg Livingstone give us a new perspective on what is happening today. In addition to other facts and insights, he says that the 21st century has seen the greatest turning of Muslims to Christianity in all of history. You will feel hopeful. (Which is not how I feel after watching the news on TV.)

Jump up to 3:30 to hear Greg.

Muslims and Christians…what’s not told on the news

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“You’re Welcome!” (not)

traffic-sign-6617_640Traffic is heavy, moving like a dried up earthworm.

Good Christian that I am, I flash my lights to signal to the driver in the crossroad that he can enter the main highway, even though I have the right of way.

He pulls in line in front of me.

No wave. No nod. No “thank you” gesture whatsoever.

“You’re welcome!” I shout snarkily within the cone of silence that is my car.

So, um, my motivation for letting the driver in had nothing to do with showing reverence for Jesus, but everything to do about my need to be thanked.

Forgive me, driver. Forgive me, Jesus.

Matthew 20: 26 “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,1 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave-28 just as the Son of Man2 did not come to be served, but to serve,3 and to give his life as a ransom4 for many.”

Thank you, Jesus.

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