“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola (French writer)
Several years ago, at another point of bewilderment (mystery) about my life and calling, I asked God for specific understanding about what I was to do.
Instead of hearing a list of to-dos, I heard, “Live like an artist.” Once again, God addressed how I was to live rather than what I was to do – being the correct order of things. We must always put the heart before the course.
This idea of living like an artist continues to be crucial to my life and calling. When I move away from this, I move into striving, posturing imitating or a “worldly spiritualism” which values high decibels, dollars, draw and dominance.
You see, you are an artist. The glory, brilliance, splendor, strength, beauty that God has given you is your artistry. As André Gide said, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist…”
So, the answer to the question, why are you here, is to live out loud.
Most of us live in silence or in a whisper when it comes to our artistry, our calling. Some live out loud with an emphasis on “loud”.
It’s said that people will tolerate sketchy video quality, but not audio quality. I find this to be true. I usually won’t tolerate straining to hear, nor wincing from ear-piercing, inappropriate, distorted volume.
Silence, low-mumbling or shouting are usually signs of something interfering with our natural voice – something wrong like diminishment, embarrassment, hurt, fear or shame.
Our natural volume, in tones of humility, gentleness and patience, is very powerful and beautiful.
Scripture says, “You are a letter from Christ…read by everyone…written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Cor. 3:2
We need to live out loud! Jesus wants to speak to the world through the artistry that He has given us that He has embedded in our heart which works most beautifully and powerfully in us.
So, let’s live out loud together and let the world clearly hear the artful words that Jesus written on our heart.