I especially started to consider it in light of this blog project. I mean, really? Blogging everyday for an entire month?! Why?! Yes, I know I've been painting everyday foe a year and a half, but that's different. What could possibly motivate me? Care to hop down this bunny trail? I guess I first saw the challenge on Facebook. I thought, "Wow, my poor blog is lucky to get an entry once a month... and I so meant for it to be weekly... and part of the art business, I'm told, is communicating with patrons... and I don't have too much going on in October ...and maybe it will be sort of like a crash diet type thing. Go really hard at it for a month and after that the occasional carrot really will seem like dessert. once a week blogging will be a snap. So, motivated by a plan to make my life eventually seem easier; or motivated by doing what's expected of me to make it in the art world. Hmm. I had to rethink.
As a Christian, I realize that my thinking, and thus motivation is going to be different from the world's. The world is motivated by money, fame, love and acceptance. I'm not saying I would turn any of these down, but they cannot be what spur me on. They cannot be my end goal. If I am truly here to bring glory to God, if that is my purpose, then pleasing Him is my motivation. Will my priorities shift? Will I get lost from time to time. Yes. I am human. It's easy to get caught up into whether or not someone likes my art on Facebook- or get starstruck by Paris. It's easy to worry about whether or not I can make a living through art, instead of just doing what He created me to do and trusting for His provision. I am ever thankful for His mercy, grace and forgiveness. I know that I create because He created first; I love because He loves. The glory is His. That's my motivation.