Have you ever felt alone...misunderstood...unable to connect with those around you? I think that most of us have felt like this at some point in our life. Deep down we all wish there was more....more togetherness, understanding, and connection!! It seems all too common among "art people". We often see, feel, think, and express things differently than our peers. The danger is not in the differences, but in self isolation and associating only with those of like minds. As much as I might love being left to my own thoughts at times or spending time with others involved in the arts....it is incredibly important that I connect with those outside my "circle". Keeping to myself or associating with those who "get" me, I am neglecting the amazing opportunity to educate, inform, and engage with those who may have not been afforded the same opportunities and experiences in the arts. This doesn't mean that we will get everyone to understand the finer points of neo-expressionism, but we can help & encourage others to appreciate art and those who create it. This will build bridges. The more bridges we build...the more connections there will be. Soon we will find that we are not as alone as we once thought, and that others do "get" us (and even if they don't...they still like to be around us).
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.
Everyone struggles with feeling alone, misunderstood, and disconnected. Sometimes this is a passing feeling/reality. Sometimes it is a more chronic experience. The struggle is real, and often we are unaware that those around us are in the middle of the battle. In Ephesians 2:19 we are told that there are no longer foreigners and strangers in the house of God. There is an amazing connectedness that comes through a relationship with the Lord. However, we often need to work on it in the day to day. Sometimes we are a bit selfish/busy/oblivious. We need to be more purposeful and reach out to those around us. We need to find ways to connect. We can not wait for others to come to us, but we need to be the ones that builds the bridges, makes connections, and helps everyone to not feel like a foreigner or stranger. We need to be the family that God has called us to be. We need to be MORE than we have been. What MORE can you do?