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Reconciling Your Thing With His

Hey, little miss! Whatcha working on?

Can't stop thinking about it? Really?

Yeah, that's all great kiddo. Hey, did you know that God doesn't like idolatry?

Only the truth, my dear. God doesn't like Idolatry. How can you call yourself a good Christian if all you're thinking about is this thing of yours? God should be the center of every thought! You should be thinking about God all the time, not this!

Yes, yes, and that's all good! It is! But don't you think your life could be more God-centered? There are better things to do than draw all the time! Go see if your church has any mission trips, or maybe volunteer for the food pantry.
Maybe even draw something for your church?
The point is, you don't have your every thought on Jesus! How can your heart be in the right place if you aren't thinking about him all the time? How can you keep loving God if you love Your Thing so much?

You should put it down.
Don't pick it up again until you're praying at least 8 times a day, okay?

Alright. Let me break character here. Did that offend you?

If you're a decent person than I hope it did. Nothing does, or has, made me more angry than the way a well meaning Christian will crush another's imagination for the sake of making them "holier". But it's almost as upsetting when a Christian comes to this above conclusion by their self. Throwing out all the hard work of your God given talent just to be holier!
You're missing the point!

There are two verses of which are the crux of my argument:
Ephesians 2:8-9: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast.
And 1 Corinthians 10:31-33: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

The first one is good news. We are saved because we believe. That's it. No extras needed- No praying more often, no rituals required, no sacrifices, no old Jewish law, no new Christian law, and no new obtuse church rules submitted by human handwriting or human vote. We are saved!
It does not matter how holy you think you are. You are justified and purified by the blood of The Lamb and in the ongoing process of being sanctified by The Holy Spirit- who is your friend, and he will guide you in the way you should go as long as you remain in him.
Jew, Gentile, American, Arab, Mexican, Korean, Chinese, "Sinner" and "Paragon" alike, all of these who claim Christ have taken comfort that their past, present and future sin cannot hold God's love back from them, and will not take away their ticket to heaven.
If you forget to think about God from time to time, God loves you.
If you have Your Thing that you love to work on, God loves you.
It's okay. You're okay.

The second is good advice.
Some of you reading this who think I'm only making a strawman of a legitimate point may also think the second refutes me. (I will concede the strawman may be present, but that is the risk one takes when attempting to understand and portray any opponent)
Perhaps you think that people should put away their creative projects if those things bother others.
In some cases, yes. You may be able to draw, lets say by "random" example, an alien, animal like species that like to hang out as their naked (but very furry) selves without objectifying real people such a form is based upon, but you may wish to not display such images around those who struggle with lust, no matter how tame you try to make these images.

But if someone is trying to make Their Thing to the glory of God, don't stop them. They are honoring Christ with their craft.

As for you who are trying to make Your Thing, here is how you do it:

To his glory.
With every pen stroke, every word typed or written, every thought formed, sound recorded, note placed or line of code debugged, do it to the glory of God.
Honor God with every cool idea you come up with.
Honor God with every turn of your writing that surprises you.
Honor God with every smile or giggle or "aww" you cause.
Honor God with every connection your audience feels to your work.
Honor God with every hour your players spend in your game.
Honor God with every hour your readers are glued to the page.
Honor God with every minute your audience is immersed in your tunes.
Honor God, honor God, honor God!

In this way, God will be in and around and through and felt in every moment or panel or word or note of Your Thing, even if he's not obviously shown.

And hey! Let God guide you on how to do Your Thing.
I can't think of any better creative advisor than the one who created all there is. He's probably got some good ideas!

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