I was then confronted with that awful question in my mind, what if my life were to end today? Or worse yet, what if I didn’t end up being a world famous crusader for God, and renowned author, and award winning actor, and father of the year, ten years running? What if God’s plan for the influence of my life is a on a smaller scale, as if has been for the first twenty years?
This is where I come to the term ‘artist’. The street definition of the word in our culture, is someone who creates and does their craft for love, not for money. The true artist is not concerned with money or earthly success, the Christian artist desires to follow God’s plan and create art that makes a difference in the world, no matter what the scale. The trap for us all is getting too concerned with the size of our influence and forgetting about the importance of the depth of our influence.
Dreaming big dreams is a beautiful thing. It’s something that we as Christians and we as artists should never stop doing. But at the end of our lives, when we turn around, and look at the scale on which God has worked in our lives, can we be content with a small influence that runs very deep? Can you be content with being a city hero, or a household hero, or even a personal hero to just one person?
Whatever type of hero we are, we can rest content that the earthly scale of heroism means nothing to God. What matters to him, is our devotion to his plans for us, and the difference we make using our gifts, no matter how big or how small.