It’s no secret that sometimes it’s hard living a creative life in a critical world. Inspiration is seemingly everywhere, but so is discouragement!
An artist would be lying if she said she didn’t face direct opposition of her work and her gift on a regular basis. In fact, I think we should expect it! Or know that we’re not being nearly vulnerable enough. Our greatest gifts are going to come out of our greatest weaknesses and if we’re doing that work, then some days it’s just plain flat going to hurt.
Jesus tells us in John that the world will hate us, because it first hated him. This is not to discourage us, but to encourage us! If we’re doing the work to which we’ve been called then His light is going to shine out of our brokenness and blind some people around us. Sometimes that light is going to nearly blind ourselves because it is not of us. It is meant to CHANGE us. This is good news! Even though it may hurt, for awhile.
All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. ~John 16:1
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. ~John 16:33
Any artist, disciple, or person following after the heart of God and the message He has entrusted to them will face opposition and discouragement in this world. It’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’re weak; that you’re a fraud, or that you’ve fallen out of the goodness and grace of God. It simply means you’re normal. You’re doing the work you were called to do and encountering the very obstacles He warned you would come.
If you find yourself in the middle of a trial or you’re facing a seemingly impenetrable wall of un-inspiration, take heart! You are not alone. I’m sharing a list of five things I do instead, and you can read them over at my friend Ruth’s site: Living Well Spending Less right here.