Who are you going to listen to?

“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Painter 

More words of encouragement

There is the pesky voice of the enemy who tells you "you can't do it. You're no good. You will fail." Good news is that he is a liar. So take heart if you hear these words. 

The best thing you can do is to continue. Keep  writing, painting, sketching, whatever your heart's desire is, do it. Don't stop. When you hear the words of defeat, do more. 

And be aware that the enemy can use more than just your own mind. He can also arrange for you to hear these word come from family, friends, and trusted coworkers. And if we are honest we must admit, that we have been used by the same enemy to discourage others.

So determine the course you have set. Understand that there is an enemy who wants you to fail. Even more understand the Lord desires for you to succeed. And guard your mouth that you are a messenger of hope and encouragement. And guard your heart from the discouragement.

You can do this. You can. Really. One step, one letter, one sentence at a time. You can.


BK said...

It's especially easy to be susceptible to discouragement in the arts. Creating, however it is you do it, isn't like rolling widgits off the line. We are naturally on again, off again with our creative processes which gives plenty of opportunities for the devil to discourage us.

I agree, we just have to keep pushing forward. Often when you push through when things seem pointless, you're surprised by what you've done.

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Thanks BK,
You are right. Keep pushing on. Thanks for the encouragement.