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Are You Devaluing Your Creative Calling?

May 31, 2024 | Business, Creativity, Faith, Mindset

As a Christian creative, I’ve struggled at times (let me be honest, A LOT) with undervaluing the very talents and artistic expression that God has graced me with. Perhaps you can relate to that sense of insecurity or feeling that your work lacks importance compared to others. We may create solely for the joy of it, without giving much thought to the value our art brings to the world. Or we might subconsciously downplay our gifts to avoid coming across as boastful or arrogant, which seems to go against the core value of humility.

However, I’ve come to realize that devaluing our creative callings is actually an affront to the One who bestowed those treasured abilities upon us. God has entrusted each of us with unique talents to steward for His glory and the enrichment of others. Whether our creative impact reaches millions or just a handful, it still carries profound worth. This doesn’t mean we can’t intentionally choose generosity and charity, but the question remains is that fueled by a generous spirit or a spirit that does not accept our own value and the value of what we create. It’s easy to be generous with something we think is trash.

The Scriptures remind us in 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Our creativity is a form of this grace, bestowed not to be diminished or hidden, but to be fully expressed and shared.

Throughout history, artistic giants have spoken to the importance of valuing one’s work with integrity.

“No matter what your work is, let it be good work, and not poor and indifferent. No matter how humble, let that humble thing be ennobled by your care for it.” – Harriet Hosmer’s essay “The Process of Sculpture”

Even the business world validates not underselling your abilities, as leadership expert John C. Maxwell stated, “If you can’t get motivated by your purpose, you likely won’t value it or take pride in it.”

For us as purpose-driven, Christ-centered creatives, our purpose is to use the gifts we’ve been blessed with to glorify God, strengthen fellow believers, and reach untold others with the truth and beauty of His Kingdom. When we downplay those creative talents, we risk minimizing the eternal impact and influence we were entrusted to have.

So let us operate from a posture of humble confidence as Christian artists, musicians, writers, and creatives, honoring the immense value of our callings without arrogance or selfishness. Let us celebrate how the Creator continues to work through our artistic expressions to leave an eternal legacy, whether our influence touches millions or just one soul in need of His hope and truth. Our value is measured not by worldly definitions of success, but by the God who purposefully shaped us to enrich many lives through our art for such a pivotal time as this.

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