Some of my latest crafty creations. You and your man/woman can be domestically matchy!
The Story of Stuff is the story of world consumerism and why now is the time to change. Call its agenda environmentalism, Christian stewardship, or just common sense, but the message is the same: Do not be ruled by the stuff you own. “Keeping Up With The Joneses” is a marketing ploy to make you unhappy, wasteful, and ignorant.
I love this passage in Exodus. God singles out the skilled craftsmen to build the Tabernacle. He fills them with knowledge and expertise to make a dwelling place for Himself. And he inspires them to teach others their crafts.
“Then Moses said to the people of Israel, See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver–by any sort of workman or skilled designer” (Exodus 35:30-35 ESV).
Whenever I get discouraged that being an artist is unimportant in the grand scheme of life, I remember Bezalel and Oholiab. God put artistic skill inside them to bring him glory. That’s so great.
Friend Chad Madden has created an excellent short film that has been accepted into the Doorpost Film Project film festival. Watch and vote for him here.
***Voting does take a bit of work, but it’s worth it, knowing your supporting the hard work of an up-and-coming filmmaker. So, if you’d like to enable Chad to move forward with his dreams, BEFORE you watch Iron Shield on Doorpost Film’s website, click on Vote Now in the bottom left corner of the film window… Click on the pink splotchy blob that says “Online Voting Now Open”… Create a profile… Watch Chad’s film and give it really high ratings and glowing, gushing, adoring comments… Watch and rate 4 other films in order for your vote to count (You can watch the other films while shopping eBay, checking Facebook, whathaveyou)… Enjoy the rest of your day. Chad’s prize for winning, you may ask? A decent budget to make a bigger short film. A vote for Chad Madden is a vote for freedom.