Over the weekend I went to a homeschool convention (yes I’m homeschooled in case you were wondering), there were a host of inspiring seminars and speakers there. At the end of one of the sessions, the lead speaker mentioned the advice of a musician to those interested in pursuing the arts as a career. This musician said that if you don’t wake up thinking about your art, go to bed thinking about your art, and think about your art every chance in between, then you should not pursue it as a career. She said in order to make it in the arts you must be wholly consumed by your art.
This continually replayed in my mind over the last couple of days. As an aspiring fashion stylist and makeup artist, I’m entering an arts enviroment. Fashion is one of the toughest fields to enter, and hustle is mandatory. Sometimes I question if I have what it takes. Does fashion wholly consume me?
The answer is no. And it never will. I will always have other passions, other dreams, other loves. I don’t always wake up thinking about fashion, sometimes it’s a great book, or new idea that rolls around in my brain. Even this blog is not wholly dedicated to fashion; food and literature are huge parts too. I argue that the other interests and consuming thoughts a person has play a huge role in his or her success. The writing that I can bring to the table may eventually help my fashion career, but if I was wholly consumed by fashion I couldn’t improve my writing skills.
So, if we’re not to be wholly consumed by our art, then what should we be consumed with? The answer is God. More specifically the Holy Spirit. He should penetrate and illuminate every crevice of our being. Consumption by any worldly thing is dangerous, only God should be our complete obsession. As Hebrew 12:28-29 says: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
In short, I am not wholly consumed by fashion. I love fashion, I couldn’t imagine my life without fashion, style, and beauty, but I am wholly consumed by God. He is the reason I wake up, go to bed, and live in between.
What do you think? Should we be wholly consumed by art?