The terrible plight of artists is they are often not recognized until after they pass away.
It is only those with a "NAME" that get recognition in this life.
The famous. The successful. The seen.
For everyone else, we must fight and claw our way into the dim streams of light reflected off those big names.
Our only hope is that we will be seen and heard after we pass away.
And until then, we are labeled as starving artists in a world that cannot recognize us.
But if we create our works for the world, we create in vain.
It is only the works we create for the glory of the original Artist that will remain forever.
Creator God painted the universe into existence, sculpted the planets and spoke the word that moved their orbits into motion.
Our God gave us the same creative freedom and brilliance as we seek to create works that mirror the same story woven throughout history and time.
Jesus must be at the center of our work, for in Jesus all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him (Colossians 1:16).
We create through the creative lens of Jesus and we create for Jesus, too.
Jesus is our center. Jesus is our Lord. Jesus holds the entire universe together.
And there is no greater pleasure than bringing glory to the Son of God!