Sometimes the hardest part of being an artist is letting go and moving on. I feel that we struggle with this because we are very passionate about our ideas. They are our "babies". And lets be honest...artists tend to be extremely stubborn as well! Taking ideas from imagination.. to our sketch books.. to a finished work of art can be a process that deepens our connection with our work. We become less objective during this progression. Even if our work isn't working...we struggle to move beyond. It is safe. It is comfortable. Yet we are stuck. This can keep us from new ideas, new projects, and new opportunities. Composition, technique, concept...we must be willing to let go of the things we hold tightly to that aren't working so that we can be free to move on to what will. Breakthroughs happen when we let go of the past and are willing to embrace the future.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3: 13-14
Often we entertain ideas of how we "think" things should be in our walk with God. We feel we should be doing X,Y, & Z...and that will be what makes God happy, makes us happy, and will have the greatest impact on the world around us. We lose sight of what is most important in order to follow the formula that we think is the answer. God might be trying to move us on so that we can experience the depth of relationship he has always desired to have with us. We cling to the box we've placed God in & our expectations for ourselves. It is easier that way. It is neater that way. It is more comfortable that way. We don't want to let go of how we've always done things or how we think they should be done because God might ask us to do something new, different, or challenging, We must let go of the way we've always done things in order to be open to the new things God might want to do in and through our lives. We must be willing to come to God with open hands and open hearts. Our past before becoming a believer does not define us & our past as a believer does not define us. It is Christ alone that defines us. In this truth we can move forward in Him.