There was a time not all that long ago when I didn’t think much of what I do. In that old lifeboat game, I figured, as an artist, I’d be one of the first to go overboard while the people who did useful things would be much more necessary. I’ve moderated a lot since then, and I realize that what we do has more value than you might think.
True we don’t build houses or grow food and in a true survival situation my skills are pretty far down the ladder, but I don’t live in a strictly survival situation and I am guessing you don’t either. Instead I think you probably live in the same world I do. A world mixed with beauty and darkness. The darkness of sin, man’s inhumanity to man and the list goes on and on. When it comes to living in that world, my skills, our skills move way up the priority list. Why, because the arts bring joy. The arts bring beauty and make it (in most cases) transportable. We are here to brighten the corner where we are, and as people called to be the light of the world, that’s a pretty important thing.
Think about it. As artists, no matter what medium you choose, we have the potential to brighten someone’s day. Our creations can make people smile. We can shine light on important things. We can draw awareness and attention. We can make people think and feel. It turns out our creations have the potential to impact people (and by connection the world) in a multitude of ways. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, this impact can go up exponentially.
Why do I share this? Because too many of us wallow. We don’t see the importance of what we do and so as a result we seem to become either self-important and as such supporting the myth of the artists temperament) or we become discouraged and either stop creating or withholding our creations from the very people we are here to bless.
It’s this simple really, Artist have a huge role in our society and we need to embrace it by being the best artists and the best people we can be. We need to stop apologizing for our gifts and we need to stop being pumped up by them. Instead we just need to be the best we can be making the best creations we can and using those creations to bless the people around us.
Artist/creative, be of good cheer, you were put on this earth to be a bringer of joy, wisdom and light. Your seat on this lifeboat called earth is secure and remember, EARTH without ART is just EH! Now smile and make something awesome and then share it with the world.