At the same time, we find ourselves distracted by: material things, worries, false belief systems, and responsibilities that seem more important than they really are. These distractions become a sort of "chasing of the wind". As a world population, we are broken and brokenness will continue to break people. We are all in the same metaphorical boat and we need a captain. We need someone to steer this boat to where we belong. We all battle fleshly desires, selfish desires that are easily misplaced. As long as we're here on earth we have that battle, but in Christ we have victory over such struggles. We have hope, and we have the ability to fight, resist, or choose something different than the flesh wants us to.
Life is not about us. It's not about me. It's about God. When the focus is set on the King of all kings, our participation becomes a satisfying joy. For instance, the practice of holy communion sets the elements of bread and wine apart from common use to represent God's promises to us in Christ Jesus. Christ set up the temporary in a way to remind us of the eternal. What is ephemeral? What is eternal? The difference is quite possibly a matter of the heart.
I think my work continues to grow as expressing a need to find unity within diversity. This pursuit is where we get the very word university. I collect moments of personal revelation and attempt to visually give them away as a drawing or a painting. In doing this I hope to motivate the viewer to reassess things typically taken for granted and hopefully find common ground for a great discussion.
- Craig Hawkins
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