Art’s Impact by Debbie Potter
I am on my way to Oxford, England to make a presentation at a religious studies symposium about the impact the art work in the children’s building has had on the children at Trinity Baptist Church.
As I have toured some of the incredible cathedrals in Europe, I am reminded of the impact artists have had on the church throughout the ages.
One of my favorite quotes is from the French novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral”. God has the ability to use seemingly ordinary people to do extraordinary things. I remember so well that when Shawn Bridges was painting the walls at Trinity, she said this statement “The greatest joy of my life would be to paint as God’s paintbrush”. God used Shawn in a remarkable way because she was willing to use her gifts. As parents, many times we ask our children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As you discuss this with them, make these conversations include possibilities about how they might use what they have to glorify God. Children need to hear about how God can use all types of people to do His work and that they each have a unique personality that God wants to use in new and creative ways. I am blessed to have watched a true servant of God paint a masterpiece at our church that is a constant reminder of God’s remarkable power.