Have you heard the saying, "Practice makes progress?"
When I bought a watercolor palette in 2020, I didn't realize the role it would play in my family's life over the next two years. I just wanted a creative outlet for relaxation.
As we've grown our creative business, I've had to wrestle with these questions...
Is there inherent worth and value in something if it isn't marketable?
Is this even worth sharing with anyone?
God has something to say here, actually...
"Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers." Exodus 35:31-34 (emphasis mine)
When God gave His blueprint for His dwelling tent among the Israelites, He valued beauty. So much so that He shared His spirit of wisdom AND craftsmanship to carry out the task. He didn't just make good artists, He made good people good artists. He gifted others with the ability to teach and pass on their skills as workers and designers.
God valued beauty. He also valued skill. No paint stroke is wasted. Has my time filled me with hope for the next painting? Have I mixed colors to find just the right hue? Have I spent an afternoon pouring over a paper with pigment and water? Time well spent. I can give my days to bringing something beautiful here. Maybe I'll write a poem today, a melody tomorrow, and a watercolor flower the next. They won't be wasted. Certainly not if I can encourage you to try too.
May you make progress tomorrow.
May you walk in wisdom AND skill.
May your tomorrow be filled with creativity.