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How Can Christian Creatives Avoid Feeling Devalued by Their Work?”

May 22, 2024 | Creativity, Mindset

Christian Creatives, let’s talk. No answers today just a chat and a question or two.

It can be hard making something and finding that it is unwanted. One of the hardest things in the creative process can be when you are creating something with specific people in mind, only to find that they were ungrateful or you actually hadn’t understood what they really wanted from the beginning. Nevertheless, putting effort into something, only to feel like the effort is wasted, can be frustrating.

Tonight, we celebrated my son’s Matteo’s birthday in a really low-key fashion. I was just doing some simple grilling. Just he and I, and a neighbor boy came through to hang out and asked what we were grilling. I told him, “Burgers for me, hot dogs for Matteo.” He was excited and asked if he could have a hot dog. So, of course, I made the kid a hot dog.

christian creative 1However, the ice cream truck came, the little boy ran off, and his hot dog sat unattended and unwanted on the paper towel, which was all I had to offer the kid because I didn’t have a plate. In one sense, I fully understood that ice cream is a priority number one for a kid his age. And let’s be honest, Matteo got excited when he heard the sound of that fateful tune. And for those of you who think me neglectful, don’t worry. I made sure that my son got some delicious treats from the truck as well.

But upon our return, there still sat that lonely hot dog. And what was interesting, I went to a place where I was like, “That is the last time I ever make a hot dog for this kid.” The truth is, it didn’t cost me much to create. And matter of fact, hot dogs aren’t the healthiest things anyway. So maybe this kid ended up getting the best thing for him. But I couldn’t help but feel like something was wasted in this moment. So I began to think about the repurposing of the hot dog. Maybe we could feed it to someone else, or maybe I could save it for the next time Matteo wanted a hot dog.

And before you think this entire conversation is about a hot dog, let me bring it back to where we began. In a very similar way, all of our works of creation can sometimes feel like that lonely hot dog sitting on the paper towel. Cooked with intention, but left unwanted or unused, which when referencing art, simply means unvalued. And one of the challenges with that is, for the creative, art can feel like an extension of ourselves. In previous blog posts, I talked about creating from the soul and not losing our soul as we looked for tools to help the process.

But the truth is, as we create from the soul, we can feel like we give away a piece of ourselves with every creation. So I think the real question is, and I don’t have the answer, how do we give a piece of ourselves without losing a piece of ourselves? And for those of you reading along, is that even the right question? Inquiring minds want to know.

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2 Comments

  1. CD Sheffey

    My question
    Do we only have so much capacity to love or is it endless 360 circumference is a complete circle. If we give some of it we lose some can it be replaced? Can we love more and more?

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    • Pastor Fury | Arman Sheffey

      Thanks for the comment.

      That’s a good question. Personally I believe our capacity to love is technically endless, but I don’t believe our actually ability to love is infinite. Meaning I don’t think we run out of that heart space that enables and empowers love but because time is finite we run out of opportunity to love (as in the action of love). I can love everyone in thought and essence, but will never have the time to actually love everyone.

      I love deep convos like this. I may need to do a full post on this or at least a little tiktok or YouTube short on it. 😊❤️

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