Encourage yourself

I was so moved today listening to Harvey Carey talk to a room full of technical artists. He spoke directly to the heart of what most of us deal with on a daily basis with no real encouragement to keep at it and keep moving forward.

He talked about about how King David had to encourage himself.

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

We have to remind ourselves that what we do matters and has eternal significance.  We can’t wait for someone else to tell us what a great job we did, we have to be able to tell ourselves.  When we are down and things get difficult, we need to encourage ourselves in the Lord, or as the NIV says: “David found strength in the LORD”.

The beauty of the Gurus of Tech Chicago conference, as well as CTDRT.com and CTANonline.com, is that we can encourage each other.  We have to take advantage of the communities of technical artists in our own backyards and build each other up and support each other.

Does this mean you can now wait for someone from this community to reach out and encourage you?  No.  You reach out.  You encourage the TD at the church down the street.  You make the effort to get together for lunch.  You put yourself out there and make the call.  Nobody else is going to get it started if you don’t.