God Before My Art
CONFESSION #21: I often fail at putting God before my art and before a lot of things, but I'm learning.
As you can probably tell from my past two posts, I had a pretty hectic weekend. I had two long production days on set for my group senior thesis film. I'm the sound designer/editor of this film, which mainly means that I record the sound on set and will be responsible for editing the finished product. My load is pretty easy during the production side of making this film, but I still have to be on set.
Don't get me wrong, being on set is a lot of fun, but it's also exhausting work when you have long production days (4 pm until 1-3 am).
And now I'm feeling the effects of it: tiredness, exhaustion, and feeling out of whack.
But the main thing that I'm feeling is a weariness in my soul due to the fact that I didn't spend time with God like I wanted to in between production call times.
I'm learning a valuable lesson, or rather I'm being reminded of a lesson I thought I learned. God has to come before my art and before everything. He is the rest of my soul in this weary world.
As I've shared in previous posts, I'm really bad at resting. Taking the time to rest is needed and it's humbling. I'm a fallible and weak human being. I need to sleep. I need to take time to rest, and I need to put Jesus before my art.
What does that look like?
It looks like spending time reading God's Word before I begin a project. It looks like making time in a busy schedule to just relax and pray or listen to worship music. It means making sure that I'm making art out of a heart consumed by Christ.
My relationship with God is first and foremost.
So today, I put God before my art. I spent some time reading through a devotional for 2 Peter from a website called She Reads Truth. You can check out the devotional I read today here. I highly recommend She Reads Truth!
Today, I am reminded of Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
God's kingdom before my art.
Here are a few photos from working on set for the production of We Are Not Alone as a treat for reading this post and for those of you that are following this 31 day series (Confessions of a Creative Christian).
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