Artist, speak up 📢
Why we as Christian artists must put ourselves out there.
This is what happens: I get a thought that I know somebody else will benefit from hearing. So I write it down with the intention of publishing it. I labor over the words to express my thoughts in comprehensible sentences. Sometimes it takes an hour and sometimes it takes days. But however long it takes me to finish, it never feels ready for the public eye. It’s never quite good enough by my own standards. So my piece of art gets robbed from seeing the light of day as I store it away in my secret drawer and swallow the key to it.
In reality, my writing is just fine. It’s not perfect, but it’s alright. It’s good enough for people with ears to hear to get the main idea. So the reason my pieces end up locked away is because of fear. It’s a fear of silence — that my words will move no one. Maybe even a fear of ridicule.
But as Christians we can’t be afraid of putting ourselves out there. Whether you speak through written words, microphones, paint, design, cameras, movement, technology or music, you are still speaking. It’s incredibly scary to have others judge our work, but what God is speaking to us, must also be spoken through us, because: “the mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, the tongue of the righteous is choice silver, the lips of the righteous nourish many, and from the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom” (Pr 10:11, 10:2o, 10:21, 10:32 NIV).
We simply must trust that what we speak, design or create DOES bring life, DOES nourish many, IS valuable and WILL bring fruit of wisdom.
We’ve all been given talents — a voice to nourish others. The questions is, what are you going to do with it? The Bible says that “from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48 NIV). God has entrusted us with talent and has given us the resources to honor him with it. We can keep making excuses as to why our art is not good enough and keep it a secret, or we can look it in the eye and step into it (thanks Ps. Brian) and be the blessing to others that we were created to be.
If the lips of the righteous nourish many (Pr. 10:21 NIV), being afraid of what others may think of our art is a selfish act, as we are essentially telling ourselves that our comfort is more important than the health of the people in our sphere of life. Let’s instead be generous with our talents, sacrificing our own comfort because a generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed (Pr. 11:25 NIV). That’s too good to pass up.
The world aches for your creation. So artist, speak up.