As Christians, We All Belong to One Another – So Support One Another
In the book of Romans, chapter 12 and verses 4-6, Paul says: “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”
Isn’t it wonderful that, as Christians, we get a whole new family! Our brokenness is taken away and we can become whole. We learn how to love through the example of Jesus and, as God’s children; we want what’s best for each other.
But how often do we support each other? We live in a busy world, and I would venture to say that we don’t know a lot about our Christian brothers and sisters because we are caught up in the busyness of life.
As I grow the website and as people begin to find it, I am starting to receive some emails through our contact form. I received an email from Shaun who found some healing Christian music that would be good for meditation. The email encouraged me to put a video on my website. At this time, my intention is not to offer music videos, however, this email got me thinking about all of us being part of one body and supporting each other as Christians.
I have stepped out in faith, leaving a lucrative corporate career to pursue the gifts that God has given me, which are writing, creating and inspiring others. On this spiritual path I have met others who have also stepped out in faith to use their talents and to further God’s kingdom.
I heard a statistic that there are 3 million Americans out of work and that many of these jobs may never return. We are at a crossroads right now where the traditional job market is not the same. There is no longer a guarantee of security in working for an employer. That’s why we have to change the way we think and how we do business.
The Internet offers artists, writers, authors, song writers, musicians and business owners the opportunity to get out there. Networking has always been the key to generating new business and the Internet is a great place for that.
It takes thousands of dollars to publish a book, reserve studio time, hire musicians to play, purchase materials to paint a painting or create greeting cards – not to mention lots of time. Many times these people invest this money only to have their books or cd’s collect dust in their basement or garage. Why? Because no one knows about them.
Their purpose in life is stomped out because their art, their expression and God given talents won’t pay the mortgage. Most of the time they have to find other work to pay the bills.
The email from Shaun made me think that we as Christians need to network and help one another. Everyone has an email list of friends or family. If you see some music you like, or a website you like, or a painting you like, pass it on to others. If you had a good meal at a restaurant you would tell someone, right? If you see someone who is trying to further God’s kingdom through expressing their talents, pass it on.
Also, support them through a purchase. Of course, you can’t support everyone, but support as many as you are able so that they can continue their work and provide for their families.
Most artists, writers and musicians don’t have a marketing bone in their body. They are almost embarrassed to ask for money for their work.
So, the next time you like something, purchase it if you can or at least pass it along. We’re family and families help one another.
I told Shaun I would post this link to the video of Grace Williams: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4320C49303424957
As I continue to network and support others in the process, I wanted to introduce you to Patti Stanfield. Patti has created a beautiful website that features Christian, inspirational greeting cards. www.thesagesparrow.com
Therisa and Herman Merritt are two wonderful folks I met at a conference in Dallas, Texas. They have a business called Tender Heart Barbed Wire Designs where they make beautiful crosses with stones. One of their crosses is the picture that I used in the beginning of my post. Click here to go to their site.
We see the finished product when someone writes a book, creates a CD, a painting, a card or a sculpture, but we really have no idea the amount of faith, courage, time and monetary resources it takes to bring the product to life. Behind every artist is a story, and we usually don’t know the story.
I hope I’ve enlightened you as far as the time and expense that goes into the creative process and at the same time encouraged you to support your Christian family.