Picasso on Being and Remaining an ArtistI love to create, and when I am in the zone, there are few things better. When I am creating, I feel like I am in the center of God’s will. Whether it’s a new painting, or a cartoon, or writing my weekly sermon or whatever, the idea of bringing to life something which only existed in my mind is a feeling beyond comprehension. It’s one of the things in life that brings me joy.

It’s not surprising that there are times where that joy is interrupted. I start to second guess myself and put myself down and feel like I’m not good enough, or I go to perfectionism and the feeling that nothing I create is good enough. Again, it’s not surprising at all that this happens. After all, Scripture tells me the joy of the Lord is my strength and there is a force in this world that doesn’t want us functioning in either one. Here’s what you need to know. The attacks against your joy will come, whether you like it or not, but you control how you react to it. You have to choose joy.

Let me tell you, perfection is unattainable on this side of the grave. It’s a fact of life. Get used to it, otherwise perfectionism will steal your joy. So will self loathing, comparison and a lot of other things we creatives are susceptible to, but again you have the choice of whether or not you give in to it.

Maybe it’s time you recaptured the joy. Stop making your creations about the end result and start enjoying the process and the journey. Think about it, you get to make art and tell stories and there are people who actually like what you do. Don’t wonder why they love you and your work, accept it and keep doing what you love to do. If the joy of the Lord is your strength and your gift is from the Lord, shouldn’t the exercise of your gift bring you joy.

What bring you joy? Do it to the glory of the Lord! Remember “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV) and don’t forget, Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

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