Discouragement in becoming an artist
(Centennial, CO, USA)
This is my first time to ever write a blog post.
I really needed someone that I could talk to about what I consider to be continual spiritual attack in following this art path. Due to the busyness of life, I didn't get serious on this art path until 2007. I'm an oil painter, and I paint mostly portraits and landscapes with some still lifes. Recently, I've started learning to paint abstracts.
Since 2007 I've been very serious as the Good Lord opened this door for me. He continues to guide me and encourage me, helping me to find my way down this path. I've been in preparation by taking classes, continuing to hone my craft, and understand His purpose for all of this.
First, I've been surprised that He's so interested in me following this path, but I figured He loves to bless me. Yeah! Next, I'm very perplexed at why I've experienced so much discouragement during this process. I truly believe that it is spiritual attack--and it is fairly relentless: it's feeling like I'll never be a "real" artist, or like I should just give it up since I barely have the time to create. (I'm self-employed on a part-time basis not related to art.) or thinking, I don't have the time to become a true artist. I know that I can't quit, and I never will.
So my question is "Why does the enemy care that much about me becoming an artist?" I'm sincerely wondering if there's more to this than I can see in this earthly realm since the Good Lord and the enemy both seem so interested in me taking this path. What am I missing?
I love this website! I don't know where to begin to check it out.
Thank you for visiting Christian Artist Resource and writing about your struggles with discouragement in your artistic journey.
What is interesting is how you have answered your own questions, yet have not noticed that you have! You wondered why you were feeling the resistance from Satan as well as the encouragement from the Lord, even as you suspect that God's blessing is somehow tied to your calling. Your suspicions are correct.
It is really quite simple. You have been given this gift to use for His glory. Every resource you will ever need God has already provided for you, in Christ Jesus. You receive all of it by faith, diligence and PATIENCE.
Unfortunately, you also have an active enemy who attempts to derail and distract you from possessing all that God intended for you. But he is a defeated foe - don't ever forget that. Your only job is to RESIST him in Jesus name. Refuse discouragement, continue to do whatever you have been working on and trust God for the outcome.
If you do not quit, you will understand your calling better. You will walk it out with excellence and you will prosper in it. Jesus has provided for everything pertaining to your calling.
I can testify to His faithfulness and infinite interest for every aspect of it.
Deu 1:21 "Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee:
go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee;
fear not, neither be discouraged."
So stay strong, God has good plans for your future. Seek Him and refuse to be swayed by anything contrary to His word.
Wishing you all God's very best,
P.S.Gently Awakened, a book tackling these very concerns may interest you.