When I was in seminary one of my professors said engaging with beauty helps us become discerning people. I loved the idea, but at the time it sounded too good to be true. And then I tried it out (okay, there was an assignment involved).
In my time engaging beauty I discovered it leads to truth at a very fundamental. And depending on where our hearts are at, and where God is leading us, we may discover truth about him, ourselves, others, or the world.
Even though my experience confirmed engaging beauty does lead to truth I wasn't sure how it worked -- and I really like to understand how things work.
Here is what I've come to so far:
When we look at something beautiful (and understanding how we personally define beauty is crucial to this process) it leads us to truth because at its root beauty reflects the kingdom of God. What God intended, planned, and created was beautiful.
It's like when a restoration artist of any medium sees a car in the junk yard, a dresser in the thrift store, or a scrap of discarded fabric they see the potential of the item -- they see it's true identity, not just the scars of the life it lived. And in working with and caring for the piece they restore it's purpose and meaning. In doing so they help others see it's truth, as well.
When we then take time to look, to really see, beauty (whether overt or hidden) we realign our souls. Like going to a good chiropractor, no longer distracted by the very real pain in our lives we get a glimpse of reality in God's already but not yet kingdom. And through resurrected eyes we see more clearly, and discern and steward from a foundation of truth.
The topic: Identity
The project: Self-portrait
Sometimes we get lost in our daily lives, forgetting piece by piece who we are. In this contemplative photography project the goal is to examine where we're at today, in this moment. Who do we see when we look in the proverbial mirror? Because it's only through the place of truth of our perception (this is how I really see myself) that we can accept the truth of who we actually are (our identity).
If you'd like a little more conversation on the subject of identity, check out my blog, "Being Named | And the Importance of Those Who've Named You."
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