What I Appreciate About Artsymom, Day 1

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My “Dark Cloud Couch” Friend
Sarah and I both serve on the Programming Team, which is the team that selects the music, drama, and video pieces which will be used in our weekend services. We’ve been doing that together for over a year. As luck would have it, we just happened to sit on the same couch in the programming room the first few times, and never saw reason to switch it up, I guess.

Over time, this couch came to be known by the other members of the team as the “Dark Cloud Couch.” This was done with affection, but with good reason, too – Sarah and I just tend to be on the darker side of life sometimes. Whether its our temperament, personalities, past experiences, or social aptitudes that led them to give us that name, I can’t say for certain – but I do know we all sure have a lot of fun with the name.

Sarah and I have learned to accept the name, and not fight it. We’ve actually gone further and now consider it a badge of honor, for the reasons listed below. We love the dark cloud couch because, to us, it means:

  1. We champion ideas that are based in reality, in tension, and with less “shine”. We are the Anti-Chicken Soup For The Soul.
  2. We highly value honesty in our art. We want it to be done with integrity, with excellence, and for the right reasons.
  3. Some may think we’re pessimistic or cynical, but that tendency drives us to try harder to reach people. We expect people to put up a fight, to be somewhat resistant to putting God in the driver’s seat, to not “get” things right out of the gate – but that view causes us to be passionate about words, about songs, about ideas, about aesthetics, about excellence – we don’t want anyone to miss something because we didn’t try hard enough.
  4. We are not afraid to speak our minds when we feel passionate about something.
  5. Mercy may not be one of our top gifts, but that doesn’t mean we don’t care. We care DEEPLY about things, and want the absolute best for our ministries, for our teams, and for our church!
  6. We cringe when Christianity is presented as a cure-all fix for your life…that Jesus came to make your life problem free…that being a Christ follower means you are now supposed to live in unspeakable joy 24/7 – that if you do X,Y, and Z, then God will grant you health and wealth. Instead, we want people to realize that with God in your life, down times aren’t eliminated – but you now have someone who will go WITH YOU through the ups and downs of life – and that God is inviting you to go on a journey with Him. It is not about Jesus making our life all better. It is about laying down our life before God and asking Him what He wants us to do with it! Following Jesus is not about US – it is about HIM!
  7. We’ve both been through some hard stuff in life, and that does tend to affect the way you see things!
  8. I can’t say whether this has anything to do with it or not, but Sarah LOVES the color black. LOL.

P.S. This is not to say that others on the team don’t agree with us on the points above…didn’t want anyone to misunderstand that 🙂

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One Comment on “What I Appreciate About Artsymom, Day 1”

  1. Artsymom31 Says:

    I do love me some black!!!


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