nathan stryker

independent artist and web programmer

art is anything created that serves no practical purpose. something practical can have an artistic flair to it, such as a fancy spoon, but a fancy spoon is not art unless the artistic flair renders it completely useless as a spoon. it’s valuable to have objects in your life that were created with artistic flair because creativity of all kinds brings us closer to the image of God. that said, a creation’s value as art is decreased to the point of elimination if that artistic value is compromised by practical concerns.

art has value, so art pieces can be bought and sold, and an artist can be compensated for their work. if something that would otherwise be considered art is created for the purpose of making a living, the work created may be art, but its purity was necessarily diminished by commercial considerations. eventually, if not immediately, the artisan creating it will find that it was merely a job. if someone makes their living creating impractical things, even if their passion is in that creation, they will find themselves also pursuing a pure creative output in another form.

every human is naturally creative and has a drive towards some artistic output. we have an innate desire to leave a completely impractical mark of our existence on this planet.

similar to art, every human is naturally spiritual and has a drive to express that spirituality in a pure way. spiritual practices are often called ministry. it’s reasonable to be compensated for ministries that have tangible value, but that practicality compromises the purity of the spiritual practice. if someone makes their living in ministry, this is good and valuable, but they will desire pure ministry as well.

even in volunteer ministries, i find myself compromised by the practical, rather than overflowing with the spiritual. so, in an effort to use this blog to document my non-practical expressions, i’ve included scriptures that stood out to me on that particular day.