See if this feels vaguely familiar.
You have this great dream, this big idea. This amazing creative thing that you really feel God Himself may have given you to do. You know you could do it well, maybe as well as anyone. You also know that it could be your life’s work.
But it’s going to take a ton of work. It’s risky, and there is no guarantee that it will even resonate with the audience you intend.
Now, for many of us, none of this matters. We jump in, we start dreaming, and we start to make it happen. But along the way, something happens. One day the mountain in front of us looks a little too high to scale. The odds seem too long. A wave of inevitable failure hits us and our shoulders sag.
What if nobody wants this? Why am I really doing all this? Isn’t there something easier to do?
Why even bother?
It’s something we all ask ourselves at some point, especially those of us who fight and think and dream and struggle and push for our creative work. No one else can understand it, and those around us ask us the same questions. “Why do you keep doing this? Isn’t it hard? Why don’t you just give up?”
But NONE of that is from God. Not one bit of it.
“Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.” – Charles Stanley
The most important thing to remember in these times is that it’s likely just a symptom, or an “occupational hazard” as I call it, of living a creative life. As creative creatures, we are emotional beings. Depression and disappointment are easy to come by when you go to mountaintops and have to come back down.
Let the times where it all seems silly and useless be times to debate with yourself the reality of your goals. Sometimes we need a little reality hitting us in the face. But that doesn’t mean we should quit because we have or can fail.
“Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.” – Joe Biden
Remember, there are valid reasons why we bother.
Remember Him? Remember the Creator of the universe who we feel gave us these talents and these big, sometimes scary goals and dreams? It’s easy to forget sometimes that we started all this because we were called, by God, to do it.
If that’s the case then we should never, ever even think of quitting because circumstances got tough. Or if we do we do we should let it pass, then get back to work!
“When you have a sense of calling, whether it’s to be a musician, soloist, artist, in one of the technical fields, or a plumber, there is something deep and enriching when you realize it isn’t just a casual choice, it’s a divine calling. It’s not limited to vocational Christian service by any means. Your call will become clear as your mind is transformed by the reading of Scripture and the internal work of God’s Spirit. The Lord never hides His will from us. In time, as you obey the call first to follow, your destiny will unfold before you. The difficulty will lie in keeping other concerns from diverting your attention.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Like you’re gonna stop…
Right. You? Stop creating? You know that’s a fallacy right there.
You’ve probably tried it before, you’ve actually made a commitment to quit doing that creative, artistic thing you do. Maybe you did it for altruistic reasons. For family reasons, because it was not working before, or because it just didn’t make any money (always a stupid reason to quit something). But it didn’t take. Not forever.
There will always be things that make your big idea seem like a really stupid thing to try. There will even be people who suggest you quit, or that it will never work.
And you’ll wonder, “Why should I even bother?”
But you couldn’t even quit if you tried. It’s just who you are. You have to pursue the biggest dream you can. You have to stare the hard problems in the face, and be fearless to knock them down or figure a way around them.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Have a great week!
Eric Copeland is president and lead dreamer at Creative Soul, a Christian multimedia development company. He helps people realize their dreams every day and is currently staring some big scary dreams right in the face. If you’re in need of help or would like to talk to someone, contact us here.