Fads fade quickly. Styles shift/change. Non-archival materials will cause art to deteriorate. The sun/lighting can cause damage to the color and/or surface of a work. If let outside in the elements, weather can ruin even that which was designed to be outside. Excessive handling of art can cause issues due to naturally occurring body oils for the skin being deposited on the surface. Artists go in and out of style. A bump, clumsy act, or even a natural disaster can cause a work to be damaged or destroyed. So much of what we do in the arts is fragile. Any number of things can cause the demise of a work. I create because it is in me to do. However, once something is created I only exercise so much control over the longevity of the work. Why worry about things that are out of our control?
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4: 17-18
How much of our life have we invested in worrying about things that are out of our control? How much do we worry over things that truly don't matter? Although, does worrying about things that do matter benefit anyone? We must use our time, talents, and attention on those things that matter most. When so much is out of our control...we must be wise in those things that are within our control. We each have been given this life to live by God, and I want to do so getting to know him, praising him, and making him known. I want to invest myself in the things that matter most, the eternal. How much are you investing in the temporary? What can change in your life to have a more eternal focus in your everyday?