Life is Art for an Audience of One


If life is art, who is my audience? What happens if I spend my life working on and creating things that no one sees or takes notice of? Why am I putting forth all this effort anyway, especially if there’s a possibility that no one will listen, read, or see it? What is my motivation to create anyway? If no one on this planet sees what I do, does it still have meaning or purpose? All these are good questions deep from the heart. We all want to know our lives have meaning and they do, but for whom?

Audience of One

Audience of One
It should be no mystery where I am going with this post. My actual question is, can I live my life for an audience of One and not out of motivation to be seen by many? This is a heart rending and deeply soul-searching question. It says, “Whose eyes do I produce for, and for whose pleasure do I create?”

Personally I have never met anything but the jealousy of God in my work and with my creativity. Jesus has made sure that first and foremost my producing is for Him, whether it is seen by another single soul. It has taken much time for me to die into accepting this position, because who doesn’t want what they do to be seen and appreciated by others? Whether it is artistic or literary creations or even my efforts at work, I, like most of us, want people to take notice of me and my labors. Somehow it feels like it validates my efforts, but does it really?

We Can Only Create for an Audience of One

We Can Only Create for an Audience of One
In actuality, while looking to please man I erode my true ability to create. With my eyes cast upon man, I am led away from true creativity, not into it. I become nothing more than an organ grinder’s monkey and this is beneath my calling. I have not met a single man who has not, at one point or another, been a man-pleaser to some degree. It’s just that men have those immediate eyes of response, whereas God’s pleasure often comes in different ways. While He does express His pleasure, the dopamine rush of man’s approval can be addicting.

We all are called to please One, whether another single soul takes notice. Living, working, and creating for the audience of One is something beyond mere applause or likes; it is deeply rewarding and beneficial. In my next post I actually want to explore what some of those benefits are. There are benefits beyond the eternal, which I am able to enjoy now. I look forward to sharing them with you.

Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
2 Corinthians 5:9


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1 day ago

This is a detail in the painting that I am working on. I somehow discovered your website today. I have been reading the Philokalia, volume one. I google unfamilar terms as I read. I saw a bizarre word which I cannot recall but it was the name of a place where ( I think but am not sure) it was Job who buried Pagan idols that distracted practitioners and/or led to impure thoughts and actions. Somehow this blog appeared with other sites in my Google search. This segment of the book focuses on strict internal supervision of what is called… Read more »

Margo L
20 days ago

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of Heaven will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper, who did his job well.” The Little Known, Janice Daugharty