Friday, January 24, 2014

As an artist and a Christian, I sometimes struggle with pride and humility.  I think I am a rather humble person but others may disagree. In this day and age of Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, ect... artist (including myself) are putting their artwork out there for the world to view, often in hopes of feedback, critique or compliments.  The compliments feel best and where pride can rear its ugly head.  I am often proud of the work I do but I try not to ever be prideful.  But whats the difference? Thats a tricky question and one I have given a lot of thought to.

To be proud of something I think, is to be content with it, or unashamed of it, without the need to obtain praise from others or to praise yourself to others.

To be prideful I think, is when you are proud of something and desire others to praise your efforts.  Also when you feel the need to praise your own efforts to others is being prideful.

Proverbs 29:23 ESV  One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

Proverbs 27:2
ESV Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

1 John 2:16 ESV For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

I'm certainly not saying we shouldn't, as artist, share our works.  After all, many of us need to make a living selling our art and to sell we must put it out there for the world to see.   The ability to create art is a God given talent, whether you believe in God or not.  That's something I try and keep in the forefront of my mind with every painting I do.  My art does not need to be "Christian" in nature, so long as what I do paint I paint to glorify God. Humbly and to the best of my abilities.

9" x 12" Pastel
This was one painting I proud of, it was also one of my first sales.

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