“It is only when my heart is owned by Christ that I will be free from the driven and anxious pursuit of things that I cannot properly hold, cannot control, and that will quickly evaporate.”
— Paul David Tripp
Auditions, photo shoots, rehearsals, practice practice, practice, commuting, collaborating, studying, and all the other enthusiastic and exhausting craziness that life as an artist involves. We are constantly on the lookout for new repertoire, adding credits to our resume, keeping up to date with how the competition is getting jobs and keeping a float. These are the necessary staples of life as an artist, and we can’t escape them.
And yet, we are not only artists, but also Christians, and as such, we need not worry. The number of verses in scripture that talk about how we need not worry about our futures (or even our present) provides such peace that even those who move the fastest can know they may sit still. Look at these verses, to name just a few:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
God does not intend to leave us out in the cold in the middle of audition season or when the money seems intent on leaving faster than it comes in. Martin Luther once said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” If we could fixate that idea firmly in our heads, that God will take care of all things in His time and we can rest in Him knowing everything will be managed, we could have the peace and confidence needed to truly accomplish all He has for us to do.
What are somethings you do to make yourself slow down when your life gets too frantic?