Acknowledge Him Before Others


I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)

Being a role model for others is very important in Christianity. We are to be the light of the world. So, don’t ya just love it when a successful, gifted person puts their faith up front as a natural part of their lives! Not for show. Not to promote. Just a normal part of their existence.

Craig Hawkins

Craig Hawkins

Here’s a talented artist who does just that.

Artist, Craig Hawkins (who lives in Valdosta, Georgia) when asked about his favorite books listed…

  • The Gospel of John by John the Apostle
  • Recapture the Wonder by Ravi Zacharias
  • Refractions by Makoto Fujimura
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • You are Mine by Max Lucado

Where do you find inspiration?

hymn99 (1)Sermons, books, podcasts, good conversation, and good art. Scripture, conversations with God, my wife, my kids, good art, and my job as an assistant professor of art.

What was the moment you realized you wanted to be a full time artist?

It became a commitment during my freshman year of college. Up until that point it was something I loved to do and couldn’t see myself not doing, but I didn’t know where to go with it. I became a Christian that same year and my walk with Christ is deeply connected to my art making.

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

Do you ever get creatively stuck?

Amber Cloud

Amber Cloud

If I believe that we are communal creatures designed for fellowship, then that belief will lead to developing work that shows this concept… For me this happens as my relationship with God grows… My intentional following of Jesus determines what content I entertain and invest my time in at the table of my ideas.

Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32)

“One of the sins of this generation is to make religion a private thing,” says Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org. “It never was meant to be private, and the discomfort of making our faith public proclaims God’s control in our lives.”

Do not shrink from this opportunity. Fortify yourself. Join us next Sunday at 11 am. Better yet, come to Sunday School at 9:30 am, and meet your new companions in faith.

Credit to Anne Nelson Fine Art in Charlotte for the quotes re-quoted here.