I love to work with glass and clay. I enjoy molding and stretching the abilities of each material to get my desired result. I am always amazed that, no matter how hard I try, most of my art does not end up exactly like what I saw in my mind when I first started. Many times I take a perfectly beautiful finished piece and discard it into a big bowl or store it away in some dark corner of my studio. Strangely, I don’t usually throw it away – but I keep it out of sight. Recently I found myself reflecting on this aspect of my artistic journey. I realized that, even though I was disappointed in the final outcome, part of me could still see the value and beauty of the finished piece.
Lately, I have started taking some of these designs out of “storage” and sharing them with some of my fellow artists. It has been enlightening to see how well received my rejected pieces have been in the community. Many have been purchased and some have even become the inspiration for future creations.
This revelation started me thinking about the spiritual aspect of my life. How many times have I given up on a dream or a goal because it didn’t align perfectly? Why had I forgotten that I do not have to be perfect to be loved, accepted, or part of God’s plan? I am realizing that this same thinking opens the door to self-doubt and discouragement. Those little voices that say, “See, you never do things right” come rushing in. These same voices have the power to stop me dead in my tracks and hide in a corner, refusing to share what God has placed in my heart. Keeping my hopes, dreams, and insights from those that will love and appreciate them.
Today I am sharing this revelation about myself in hopes of inspiring you to dust off your dreams, your art, your beauty. Those things you felt did not come out perfectly the first time. I want to let you know that perfection is not the goal. It is the stumbling block to greatness in our lives. Let your heart soar with ideas, with art, with music – never doubting that the final outcome will bring beauty to someone.
Tell us your dream – put it right here on this page – open it up and let us see the beauty you have hidden. What you have to offer this world may not be exactly what you plan, will never be perfect – but it will be glorious in your Father’s eyes.