One of the things that I believe about me and other technical artists is that we are misunderstood. For years I have argued that it is really we who misunderstand ourselves and that we need to get a better grasp on how God has made us and how we fit into the body of Christ in our particular location. I have even been doing some writing about the misunderstood life of the technical artist. This is foundational to how I think about me as a leader of fellow technical artists.
However, I have really been wrestling with this reality lately. I find myself sitting at a table with other people who are so obviously different from me; with different opinions, different perspectives, and different passions. Usually, we are talking about our services; the ones that just happened and the ones that are coming up in the future. At one of these meetings, I found myself trying really hard to come up with an opinion or a perspective or to seem passionate about something other than what I normally would.
When I have opened my mouth in the past with my own production-minded outlook, I generally would get glassy-eyed stares from the people around the table. After a couple of times of this happening, it is really easy to stop talking or to try and say something that might be received better. What I really needed to be doing is digging in and reminding myself who I am and why I am there.
I Am the Big Toe
I am supposed to have a different opinion. I am supposed to be passionate about something completely different from anybody else. I am supposed to have a completely different perspective that is unique to who I am as a technical artist. God has me on this team, at this time to bring those things to the table that I sit around…to bring who I am to the table. I need to get over it. My team needs me to bring myself to this table. My church needs me to be who God made me to be. This has been a good lesson for me in living out 1 Cor. 12. Now it’s time to live out 1 Cor. 13.
Bring on the glassy-eyed stares!