The Art of Slaying Dragons

The Art of Slaying Dragons

We all face dragons from time to time. Cancer. Injustice at work. Toxic relationships.

And sometimes those dragons intimidate us, because they look so ugly, scaly, toothy, and formidable that trusting in God seems foolish.

Or hopeless.

How do we remind people about the truth of God’s love and power when they are facing dragons? The best way to reach then may not by preaching, or quoting scripture, but by telling stories.

Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten. ~ Neil Gaiman (based on a quote by G. K. Chesterton)

A story can extend hope to those who wonder if the problems in their lives can ever be overcome, by providing a hurting world with characters who face real-life issues, and somehow manage to pull through.

One hurting person may resonate with a romance, another with a YA fantasy, and a third with a poem.

But I think the truth is even bigger.

Because all art tells stories.

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Yes! Dragons can be slain.

In his book Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning writes,

Sacred Scripture is too important to be left exclusively to biblical scholars.

We ordinary humans, like Jesus’ disciples, are called to share God’s truth—each in our own unique way, with our own unique skills, perspectives, and experiences coloring the results.

Our art matters. All of it. The whimsical and the serious. The Christian and the secular.

Each of us should be eager to “interpret” sacred scriptural truths to a hurting world. Because, as Manning says, God’s word is too important to be left to lofty halls of learning.

The world needs your unique take on it.

  • The words you write
  • The art you create
  • The stories you live
  • The people you touch
  • The concepts you imagine
  • The passions you follow
  • The ministries you serve in

So take up your pen, or your brush, or your playfulness, or your compassion and show the world a smidgen of truth today.

About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the school, church or library, she writes about life, both now and two-thousand years ago.

Comments

  1. YES! yes yes yes. I couldn’t agree more. We need art from each of us.

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  2. Thank you for giving us encouragement and an outlet to do just that.

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  3. Kristin Bunting says:

    Loved this, Lisa! I have a house full of artists and none of us is quite the same. Some of us write stories, some write music, some dance it out, some create art… And at times, I can forget to cheer-lead us in our expressions of displaying God’s story. I feel a little lift in my step again! Thank you!

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  4. Always glad to encourage others to be all their God-given selves. (Even if the results get a little messy at times.)

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