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The Spiritual Journey: Just Go!

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Where Do I Go Now?

This is the question I keep asking myself about this blog. Where do I go now? In the last post I said that I wanted to talk about God and the spiritual journey from now on because that was the subject that was interesting to me. Since then I’ve been wondering how to do this. I’ve gotten lots of emails from people encouraging me to keep going but I just don’t know where to start. Plus I usually like to avoid controversy. Then this morning, I was praying about it and I kept hearing this one short sentence in my mind saying, “Just go.” It kept repeating in my head and it made me think of all the times that Jesus said to just go.

“Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:3

It became more and more clear that I didn’t need to know where I should go, just that I should start going. It’s funny but I used to give this same advice to people asking me how to start a graphic novel. My answer was always to just start it already.

It seems in life like I am always called to “step out on faith” and allow God to work. It’s only in hindsight that I can look back and say “Wow, that was a pretty good move!” but in the moment it always seemed like a big risk. Even stupid at times to everyone around me.

This has always been a great challenge for me as I have pursued a creative path in life. You see, there are lots of voices in our heads telling us what we want to hear. Almost all of these voices are completely selfish and destructive, leaving a wake of carnage behind anyone who listens. Oh, but they are so seductive aren’t they? Just look at television commercials and you will see an industry built around feeding these seductive voices in our heads telling us what we need and what we should be like and look like. “It’s okay to want EVERYTHING!” they say. “You deserve it.” But what these seductive voices fail to mention is if we listen to them, we are only being lead to want more. And soon we are in chains to their every command. All because we listened to these self-focused voices in our heads.

Okay, I’m getting off track here. My point is, I want to listen to the right voices with my art and life.

This may sound like a bunch of hocus pocus if you aren’t a Christian but we believe that the Spirit of God works in those who believe what Jesus said. This Holy Spirit, as we call it, leads us if we allow it. The thing is, it’s always about stepping out on faith. To just go. Honestly, I did the same thing when I started reMIND. I can plan all I want, but at the end of the day my secret weapon is that I just try to listen and follow where the Holy Spirit is leading me and I try to ignore all the other opinions.

So, I am just going. This blog post is me stepping out on faith. reMIND was me taking a step. Starting Sithrah was another step.

In other words, I understand what I’m getting into. I know talking about subjects like religion, faith, God and Jesus are going to cause controversy and a full range of emotions from people. I get that. And quite honestly, with all the hostility on the internet, I feel like I’m going to be one of those “lambs among wolves” that Jesus was talking about. But what’s the point of all this if we believe in something and can never talk about it?

 

18 Comments

Your work is beautiful. And you have a right to say what ever you are lead to say! As a fellow Christian, I support you sharing about your faith. You aren’t beating anyone over the head. Those who don’t want to hear, can skip the article. :)

Amen Jason. as a christian all you can do is scatter the seed and God decides what grows. I have nothing but respect for you… as an artist, storyteller, but most importantly man of God. As long as you continue to be spirit lead you’ll end up exactly where God wants you to be. looking forward to following and supporting this journey.

Man I’m super excited for you and what you are embarking on here. You certainly are not alone, I feel that there is a giant wave coming of positive artists who want to honor God and are tired of the rat race and pessimistic mentality that a lot of industry big shots have. Sure pal I’m glad you work for Marvel but you extremely unhappy and don’t seem to enjoy yourself- it’s nice to know we don’t have to live that way. Thank you for taking this first step, for listening to the spirit and engaging it with not just part of your life, with all of it. So excited for Sithra friend!

Thanks Jerelle! You’re right. In my experience, the higher up the food chain people get the more unhapy they are with life. I heard a quote a few times by someone I can’t remember (haha) that went something like, “the lowest moment in life is when you achieve that which you thought would bring ultimate joy and find that it does not.” I really wish I could find out who said this and what the origial quote is from. But anyway, I love it and think it’s totally true and where most Amaricans find themselves at many points in their lives.

“Plus I usually like to avoid controversy.”
This has been me the past several years. Lately I’ve been wanting to learn how to be okay discussing and disagreeing with people, and that all being okay. It’s encouraging to see another in a much more public capacity stepping out into this light of meaningful, respectful discussion. All the best to you in this adventure.

Thanks Rachael. I saw a great speech yesterday from Ravi Zacharias where he said at the start that he never goes anywhere to change peoples minds, because only God can do that. It’s a supernatural thing. He just wants to interact in a civil way about subjects that are important in every culture. At least it was something to that effect. Here’s the video link where he says it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGabYn_Hrgo&feature=share&t=48m46s

Jason, go for it. ;) We’ll try to cover for you if bad things happen.

Just remember what Paul says: “But reject foolish and ignorant controversies, because you know they breed infighting. And the Lord’s slave must not engage in heated disputes but be kind toward all, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance and then knowledge of the truth and they will come to their senses and escape the devil’s trap where they are held captive to do his will.” II Timothy 2:23-26

And what James says: “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfishness in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.” James 3:13-18

Not that you are not doing these things. I’m basically reminding myself. Yet once more. Because I desperately need to be reminded.

These are great points my friend. :) Thank you for chiming in with your scriptures. It’s definitely something I will need to be thinking about as I get more comfortable talking about this stuff online. Thank you.

Thanks for stepping out on faith, obeying, and being an example Jason. I am excited to see how these things you are learning from God transform your storytelling and art. I am definitely wanting to go in a similar direction with art, comics, and possibly animation.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:6

No lie you are my role model Jay….everything you doing is just above average,I”ll never forget these words….and i’ll just keep watching to see where God is taking all of this

In remind’s blog I onced asked if you are Christian..I guess it took a blog for you to give an unquestionable yes

I’m really interested in seeing where this comic goes, knowing that it’s so faith-based. I’m an atheist, I always have been and it’s always been really important to me, and I’ve been trying not to be afraid of letting that shine through in my stories as well. To me it’s not a matter of trying to persuade other people or work some agenda as much as express how I see the world, and it sounds like Sithrah is the same kind of thing? I really hope so. Either way, thanks for being brave enough to discuss your faith in a shameless way, I really look forward to seeing things from your perspective through the storytelling. :)

Good luck!

For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! 11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. 12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; 13 being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. 1Corinthians4:9-13 Keep fighting the good fight Jay. I message you from all the over here in Barbados to encourage you to keep speaking out for our Savior. Your doing a great service in this! As a fellow Artist/Writer i understand the struggles. i’ve been at the drawing bored for awhile and i just want to say thank you for your blogs,channels,journeys as they serve as motivation for me ! Being a Christian and an artist is a very interesting combo that many would not get but we are fools for Christ’s sake (all Christian not just Christian/ artist). With this i will continue trying to create a brand of Christian-graphic novels that readers can enjoy and learn from that are not “preachy”, as opposed to the sad stuff i see on Christian book store shelves.Jesus Himself used stories( parables) to teach spiritual truths! I believe im called to do this. Just as you are called in your walk. Keep praying Brother,keep following Christ’s commands in your life. God bless!