I came to a realization my last few months working at a church. I realized I was basically unnecessary.
I got scared at first, knowing I’d be leaving the church. “I hope they can find someone to do what I do.” My work had become so engrained in the culture of the church, I knew it would be hard to leave without creating an open wound.
But then I explored a bit more. How much of what I did was truly necessary?
Imagine the power went out three minutes before service started – off all morning. The worship leader would lead some songs on his guitar. The pastor would still preach (yelling). To be honest, the morning would probably be more memorable and talked about that any mornings I’ve crafted.
If none of my art or creativity happened, the church would still advance. I am unnecessary. In the short term.
But I do make Sundays more effective. I’m the tip of the arrow – giving that extra bit of sharpness to pierce through the body armor and touch the heart. While the arrow would still fly and strike the target without me, my work is the point that helps it stick.
You, artist, are the tip of an arrow. I encourage you to be the sharpest you can be. I encourage you to hone your skills and your craft so well that you pierce through the barriers that keep people from hearing the message.
But I also encourage you to remember you actually aren’t that necessary. If you have a dull weak, the church still advances. If you need a vacation, the church won’t fail without you. The world does not revolve around your art or rest on your shoulders.
Relax and enjoy your craft. You are extremely valuable. But you aren’t absolutely necessary.