Into the Blue

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“The blue” has a couple of things going for it.

In the blue, you are free from the confines of the institutional ways of expressing your faith. You are free from outsourcing your faith expression to an organization. How you deal with that now is up to you.

You are free to explore the unknown of what your free range faith will look like.

You are free from institutionalism, and free to express your faith in a way that is authentic, meaningful, and refreshing to you.

That will require some creativity.

Scripture proclaims that we are God’s work of art. He created us to be artists, not just critics. You may be thinking you don’t have an artistic bone in your body. I certainly used to think that way. But, being an artist is not a rare gift, it is a common one.

Artists create. I know it seems like life is something out of our control and we are just responding to what happens to us. Yet, even in those reactions, we are creating responses that shape our lives and influence others. Since, we share “an image and likeness” with God, we share a bit of his artistry.

That means we design and create things. Our choices and pursuits, design and create the way we live. The way we do even mundane tasks reveals the kind of person we are. But there is some aspect of creativity within each of us that is one of the most significant contributions we can make to the world.

It might be something so practical as the way we can relate to people, the way we can repair things, an ability to teach others, or the skill to prepare an excellent meal.

It could be more in line with what we normally think of as art, like painting, sculpting, writing, photography, or acting.

We each have our special contribution to make. Don’t deny it. Discover it, cultivate it, and use it.

One aspect of creating that I have addressed before, is forging our own, personal ways of spiritual expression.

We are free to do it. We don’t have to be tied to expectations or an institution. You cannot use those excuses any longer. We are walking out into the brighter place, into the blue. God is already there, and this new larger realm of God’s working is without limit.

We get to figure this out for ourselves. You believe Jesus is who he said he was? As a result, you love and aspire to live in his ways? How are going to do it?

How will you absorb and share his love? How will you live your life to its fullest, being who he created you to be? How will you cultivate loving relationships with him and others?

About Glenn

Glenn Hager is a blogger, former newspaper columnist, and author of two books, An Irreligious Faith and Free Range Faith.
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