I think your primary calling is to love the world and those to whom you’re given. Art may be the way you go about doing that. But that may also change.
Here’s why I think this is important to grasp:
I’ve seen wonderful, gifted women and men run out of steam in one particular creative area of life or see their circumstances change to hamper or disallow their artistic endeavors. I’ve seen them fall into despair and question everything about who they are because they’d tied their identity too tightly to “Being An Artist.”
You’ve heard it before. Here it is again: You are not the work you make. The work you make is an outpouring of who you are. Your primary calling is to love the world and those to whom you are given. You may get to do that with the art you make and that’s wonderful.
But you may also do it as a Dad.
And as a neighbor.
And a work-mate.
(This is a short thought from the book I’m currently writing. Yet untitled, it will be a followup to Title Pending. Add yourself to my email list to learn more)