In Genesis 1, we read that God created man and woman out of the dust of the ground. He formed them in His image, shaping the dust that had been wet with mist, and then breathed into the shapes His Spirit. Not exactly a weekend project, but something that should make us smile when we watch children manipulate their environment to look like things they are familiar with or even vestiges of their perceptions of themselves.
Its sometimes harder to take the time to do such creativity as adults. I don’t just mean fine arts, music, dance and such. I mean even taking a project like painting a bedroom and making it soothing more than just “colorful enough to be tolerable in a few years time.” I’ve found though that if I’m intentional enough, I can make a creative event out of nearly anything – especially when my mobile is involved.
So here’s a question or direction for your weekend: take your mobile and express some of that creative breath that was given to you by God. Go somewhere and use your ears, eyes, mouth, nose, or touch and realize something that you’d not seen before – and then let your mobile become the canvas for it. You’ve seen the art we’vve put on posts here – go there and futher.
Embrace that ability God gave you to create something – be the mist of life in the midst of something new this weekend.
I can admit that I’m very much influenced by those who are able to get out and about to meet and discuss matters of faith in various social contexts. Yes, there’s definitely a good time of doing so in church/bible study, but I also find some of the most interesting conversations in places such as coffeeshops, waiting rooms, and even the line in the grocery store.
Weirdly enough, it was my first few mobiles (Palm PDAs) which helped me grow in this respect. You see, having a (few) Bibles out in a library doesn’t necessarily say to others that you are open to talking about your faith. Yea, you’ll get some of the more contentious folks, but that’s not the kind of life that I wanted to have. When I started having my Bible, notes, and later a lot more, on a mobile device, it forced me to pick my head up and see what others were doing – and then be open to the life they are living alongside my own.
As I’ve moved towards different devices, my head has slowly gotten more up. I’ve been much more open to chatting not just about my faith, but asking others about theirs. Its to the point that now, one of the reasons that I enjoy trips to the coffeeshop (amongst other places) is that whenever I sit down to drink and draw, there’s always someone (many times a child) who comes over and asks about my motivations behind what I am doing. Art and faith have a very decent history, and how people want to open up about their faith is an artful expression that’s worth enjoying.
So what about you, do you have a moment, or a lifestyle behavior that mobile has opened up for you? Or, in a more serious sense, has what you learned about your faith made you think more about the how and where you use mobile and other technology?