by Christina Hubbard
We come to the table with pen and brush. We walk to the park with camera and dreams. To the kitchen with fresh ingredients. To the guitar with a soulful tune. To the stitch with a killer design. All the while we’re wondering, is this good? Behind that question, bound up in broken questions of worth, lies another: is it good ENOUGH?
We’re tackling this topic with all its baggage and hopes for the #write31days challenge. I say we because I’m inviting 31 creative friends to join me. (I can’t create alone, and neither can you.) I picture each of them talking to me and you over cozy cups of coffee as we help each other in the keep-on-keepin’-on.
Our mission? To lead, encourage, and love one another in heart matters.
The state of our heart affects our art.Tweet This Let’s wake each other up, to take ourselves and our work less seriously. Take the pressure off. Work for the only One who gives us worth.
In creative communities, I hear a silent ache roar like wind rushing through a deep gut canyon, right between not enough and too much. It’s the place where good enough grows, if we let it.
Right in the middle of imperfection, good enough is:
Where we strive and rest,
Where perfection surrenders to grace,
Where giving up hooks its caribiner to hard work,
Where self-hatred stops fighting God’s love,
Where past hurts heal by hitching onto the living Word,
Where courage moves us forward and compassion envelops us whole.
Good enough is good. Maybe it’s an A++ or a curvy C. Heck, it could be a bold F. That’s the point. There’s no grading system in the kingdom of God. Likewise, I believe there’s no grade in good art.
Megan Willome quotes Lianne Mercer on writing good poetry. Apply it to any creative endeavor, and we start leaning into the relativity of good enough-ness.
“What does that mean? What do they think ‘good poetry’ means?…To me, good poetry is when my heart beats on the page. I think it’s good if it moves you, if it makes you cry, if it makes you laugh, if it makes you say, ‘Oh wow!'” –The Joy of Poetry
You can make art which moves the heart, but God is moved by you.Tweet This
Take His love or reject, but His love for you remains. God is outside of time. That means He’s pretty much loved you forever.
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- The Work of Worship
- The Ancient Tell
- Create Beauty Like Farmers and God
- Hope Past Your Ideals
- Trust and Your Less Serious Side
- A Prayer for the Story-Logged
- Hold Fast to the Memory of Your Making
- A Blanket Truth for All Creatives
- Your Well-crafted Elaborate Plan
- I Beg You, Listen to Love
- Remember Your Why
- Go Be a Letter. Write Life.
- Invite Shame to a Safe Space
- Try Enough
- In the Tide, Remain
- Read the Earrings
- What’s Dark Will Grow
- Share Imperfect Things
- Brave is Belief
- We Discover Who We Are
- Give What You’ve Got
- His Light Was Enough
- Your Best Work
- Revise with God-sight