Jacob graciously shared the following piece with us.
It’s good to be in an environment full of art, because everyone can benefit from what art can give. Our creative instincts are not in us by chance; we thrive with art and creativity in our lives. God made us creative for our own good and for his.
An artist is a creator. The artist might be painting, writing, acting, performing, composing music, singing, dancing, sculpting, or be creating in numerous other ways; but ultimately, art is the creative expression of the artist.
Art makes a big impact on people and has throughout history. The reason is that art affects the well-being of people.
When we see passion expressed creatively, in any of the arts, it often affects our emotions. The art speaks to us, and we connect with it.
Our emotions are tightly tied up with our physical body, and certain emotions release endorphins. Endorphins are hormone-like chemicals that are natural, safe narcotics. As well as creating a feeling of well-being, scientists believe that endorphins affect the way the brain perceives pain and stress.
Sure, people have different tastes, but art is always beneficial to people when they are inspired or encouraged by it. Our creative instincts are not in us by chance; we thrive with art and creativity in our lives. Everyone can benefit from what art can give, not only the person for whom the art is, but also the artist or performer.
Philippians 4:8-9 says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
That is a direct command from God for us to use our creative talents and to surround ourselves in art. “Put it into practice.” That’s pretty simple. God made us creative for our own good.
Stay tuned for part two.