I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort—and disappointment and perseverance.
This quote sounds a little familiar. It echoes the message of truth found in the New Testament:
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. ~Romans 5:3-5
Not every painting will work out.
Not every scenario will be ideal for creating your masterpiece.
As long as you pursue making yourself a masterpiece for others to behold, those talents will be put to good use.
God wastes nothing-- He is that good.
When you look in the mirror and consider all of the junk you have been through and put others through to get to that point in your life, consider that those experiences weren't for nothing.
Consider that every good and bad experience goes into a pot called character.
What you take out of character will determine how you handle your next problem.
Character works for relationships and art.
When character works for relationships, you grow in love for others and humble yourself.
When character works for art, your art becomes masterful and deep with many intrinsic dimensions.
What experiences helped you grow to this point and are pushing you to the next?