Do What You Love…

Posted: June 10, 2018 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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You know the old saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s not exactly right. The fact of the matter is I do what I love, and I work really hard at it. To be truthful, I also end up doing stuff I never really loved that much. I was the kid who never did my homework, now I find myself reading and studying for hours nearly every day. It’s not all page turners and fun stuff either, but I love learning all this stuff because it helps me to do what I do and do it well. Then there is other stuff that I have always loved to do, that I get to do in different ways. I used to dream of being a professional artist, now I do more art than ever and I sell very little of it. I don’t have to sell it anymore. It helps me to communicate what I need to communicate. It helps me tell stories and make people understand. The challenge is no longer to sell the work, so much as it is to figure out how to communicate through it. It’s an awesome creative challenge. I use to struggle to write a 500 word essay, now I do that almost every day. I used to hate to write, but I’ve learned to love it to the point where I’ve written several books.

So doing what you love is great, but sometimes in doing things you learn to love it, and occasionally there are things that feel like drudgery, (like paperwork) but they allow you to keep doing what you love. I don’t know who coined the phrase “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” but I don’t think they were right. Instead, I recommend you love what you do, enough to do the hard work it takes to keep doing it. God gave you your gift, do the work to His glory.

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