As an artist, I often struggle to value my work. It takes a lot of time, focus, money, and practice to make a good oil painting, only to hang it on a wall. That’s about all it does – hang on the wall. It never moves, it never changes, it never produces something else. A good painting just hangs there looking beautiful.
That being said, God is challenging me to see that creating some beautiful to behold is something very dear to his heart. It’s not meaningless. He does it all the time: Trees without fruit or use as lumber. Flowers that blossom brightly and wither by evening. People that never quite hit their potential. Is it a magnificent cave or just a hole in the ground? A lousy crow or silhouette for the sunset?
To all you fellow artists who struggle finding worth in your work, let me remind you that there is always worth in creating something beautiful; always worth in you. Remind me too sometime when I start to forget.