“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
New Year’s resolutions and ambitions are worthless if they are not acted upon. We all like to talk about our dreams, but until we choose to do we will only dream (and yes, Master Yoda comes to mind).
As an artisan, I cannot simply remain in a state of dreaming of art without creating art; that leaves me as merely a dreamer, not an artist. In fact, nothing that is worthwhile in this life is accomplished without the decision to do, not to simply dream. We already know this, but somehow we get lost in a world of procrastination, self-doubt, and uncertainty of possible rejection.
Stop being so concerned with the approval of others and begin doing what you are called to do, what brings hope to others, and what takes you closer to the heart of God.
What if Luke Skywalker decided not to face his father, Darth Vader? What if Frodo opted out of his responsibility to destroy the ring of power? What if Rudy listened to his father and stayed at home, rather than pursuing his dreams of playing football at Notre Dame?
What is the “what if?” in your own story, waiting to be fulfilled? Is there a dream on your heart that you know will bring hope and life to others? If so, what are you doing about it?
Four years ago I created this blog with the desire to share my story and to pursue my passion for the art of writing. Somehow, I distanced myself from my passions, running in so many other useless directions. Last year, it finally occurred to me that I needed to make the deliberate choice to do, not to dream. Since that moment, God has brought many opportunities to encourage others, to share my story, and to talk about the hope I have in Jesus…And here I was, missing such a great opportunity in my apathy.
If God has placed a passion on your heart, you will only experience the blessing of God’s guidance when you step into the journey. Dreaming, constantly praying, and thinking about dreams is a waste of your brain power. Trust me, I know from experience.
We are all artists, given the ability to create the future, to imagine better things, and to love others with the love of the Father.
This year, what will you start doing?