If you’re an artist and you’ve been discouraged by setbacks, wondering if it’s all worth it, I want to remind you that it takes work to cultivate your creative calling. One of the pure tests of whether you’re an artist or not is questioning your creative calling in the first place. Being an artist is not a fixed and static reality like a math equation: 2 + 2 = 4. Okay, we get that. In pursuing your art form, you will face challenges, questions, hardship, financial struggle, heartache and doubt. Read on…
If you find yourself questioning your calling, it’s essential for you to take time to consider what your creative calling is all about. Why are you doing what you’re doing? Why did you pursue this direction or choice of career in the first place?
If you’ve been questioning yourself, your calling or where is God in the midst of all this, you’re not alone. If you or someone you know has been questioning themselves or the call of God, I have a wonderful quote I hope you’ll be encouraged by today. It comes from one of my favorite writers, Oswald Chambers, who just so happened to be a very talented visual artist.
There comes the baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because his call is to be in comradeship with himself for his own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what he is after. (My Utmost for His Highest, emphasis added)
As an artist, you and I deal in the realm of mystery, subtext, story, media, materials, nuance, theme, paradox, language, imagination, ideas and in realms of things unseen. We need to remember that many of our dreams and visions, hope and desires, are holy and wonderful gifts from God.
God does know what He is after. Our highest call is to walk in union and relationship with Him.
In cultivating our creative calling, we have to first ask, “Am I cultivating my love for the One who calls me?” (Click here if you’d like to Tweet this.)
If you or someone you know is in a creative funk, here are a few things you can do to cultivate your creative calling today…
- Get some rest. When you’re tired, it’s so easy for your perspective to get out of whack.
- Meet with a good friend or mentor. Just admitting you’re struggling is a great first step.
- Do something else. Are you always working? Take some time to get away from your work.
- Pray. Do you need a time of silence? Then be silent. Need to cry, then cry. Be honest.
- Do whatever you find is life-giving. Whatever exercise or activity is life-giving, pursue it.
- Are you alone and isolated? Do you need community with other artists and friends?
- Read inspirational stories of people you admire. You’ll discover you’re not alone.
- Make a list of the things you are grateful for…this is a wonderful antidote to any challenge!
I hope these words encourage your heart and refresh your mind today.
Questions: What are you doing to cultivate your creative calling? Why is this important?
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