Artdog Quote of the Week: A Gift From God

Have you ever wondered if your creative work isn’t really just self-indulgent and unimportant? If so, I have an answer for you:

As an artist and a practicing Christian, I believe we all are born with special gifts from God. Not to use them is to turn aside from our calling. 

The culture we live in does not value creative people as highly as I believe it should, and it does not take them seriously. 

But in all societies, the creatives–be they storytellers, music-makers, dancers, visual artists, actors, artisans, or others–are the meaning-makers, the translators of the inexpressible, the inexplicable or the alien into something our hearts can accept and our minds can grasp.

If you are an artist, you have a sacred duty and honor to make your art, as God moves you. It is your gift to God, and to the world.

IMAGE: Many thanks to QuotesGram

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Kansas City-based Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and teacher. She makes nationally-recognized paper sculpture and writes sf mystery novels about a sapient police dog.

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