Scott Hodge



Nov 3, 2010

What’s most important? The journey….or the destination?

How about for an artist? Is it the process of creating our art…or the art itself?

I say both are important.  But I dare say that the actual journey and process of creating art or whatever it is we’re working towards, is perhaps what’s most important.

Because it’s on the journey and through the process that we become.

It’s where artists learn how to best work on their art.

It’s where we discover what works…and what doesn’t.

It’s where questions are asked.  And pain shows up.

It’s where failures occur.  And where character is formed.


Who we’re becoming matters. And it’s in the falling down…the getting up…the toil…the misery…and all the other “stuff” we experience in the process of creating…..that we become.

So let’s not rush it. Because what occurs before and during the creation of our art….has a ton to do with what comes after it.

Instead, let’s learn from it.  Savor it.  Document it.  Journal it.

Better yet…share it!  Create with it.  Sing it.  Paint it.  Dance it.  Speak it.  Preach it.  Draw it.  Sculpt it.  Write it.

And whatever you do…..don’t give up.

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. Galatians 6:9 (Message)

9 Responses to “Becoming”

  1. joshua mcafee says:

    great post.I agree it’s the journey and the process.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly. It is about the journey, the ups and the downs. What you say about not rushing it is great. Be present during the process, because that’s where the real breakthroughs happen. In fact, in many cases, if you don’t value the process, the product is something less than you hoped for it to be. Great post, and great verse at the end.

  3. For sure.

    I love what Georges Rouault said when asked if he would keep painting if no one else ever saw his art: “Of course I would go on; I would have need of that spiritual dialogue.”

    (By the way, that is from a little art book called Soliloquies by Hibbs/Fujimura, on Amazon at )

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  5. Ben Arment says:

    Good, good stuff. You should write a book about this, Scott =)

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  7. Jennifer Prim says:

    Thankful God uses you to give us Hope. This post was exactly what I needed to read today. I appreciate you – thanx for the encouragement ! :o )

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