The Authentic Artist

 

au·then·tic :

adj. 1 ) not false or copied, genuine, real

      2 ) representing one’s true nature

Nowadays it is getting harder and harder to be authentic. We are constantly filling our eye gates with the everyday activities of others. What the next person is wearing, the business so-and-so is starting and the accomplishments your friends are being recognized for. Comparison is running rampant and competition has become a distraction. Credit isn't given where credit is due and ideas are stolen left and right. While this may be a real issue, I do believe many have recognized the desire to express their unique nature. We are getting sick of conforming and awakening to the reality that there is a gift that we have been individually wrapped with. 

We have all heard it said before, “be yourself, everyone else is taken!” But the saying has empty meaning when you do not know who you are. You are spirit placed in human flesh and that spirit is expressed through the soul of your being. Asking God to reveal the call and purpose on our lives is vital, but the process of discovery is where we tend to get discouraged or lose patience because we want all the answers and we want them NOW! We want "The Step by Step Manual To A Successful Life" to magically manifest itself on our bookshelves. As simple as that would be, it would completely take away from the beauty of relationship with God. Most times when we ask for answers we are waiting to hear some big, profound answer, but it can be as simple as taking a good look at your life. What is it that makes you come alive? What are you passionate about? What makes you angry? What would you do even if you didn't get paid for it? In answering these questions you discover your voice. 

Once you’ve discovered your voice, the one-of-a-kind impression you are meant to leave on this earth, you get the chance to go deeper and discover your why. Why do I do what I do? Why do I have a passion for the arts? Understand that creative ability is not for your own personal gain. It is meant to bring something significant to the world. May it be encouragement, enlightenment, resources, or change in communities. We must search out the “why” of our gifts and talents. If we do not understand why we do what we do (beyond the fact that we like it) then we are settling for a life unfulfilled. This is how it becomes so easy to conform to what the world is doing because we are searching for ourselves in the things we see, instead of in the one who created us. We are all a unique expression of God on the earth and we fail to spread our light when we do not get to know the spirit that has been placed in us. 

True authenticity flows from connection with the Spirit of God. It is through a genuine and intimate relationship with the creator that we can fully BE. When my connection with Him is on point everything else flows organically. My security in Him is the foundation for my security in me. I become comfortable with myself and unafraid to freely express who I am. An authentic relationship with God produces an authentic life. Get to know yourself and you will find your own focus, your own vision.