Creativity Devotional – Caterpillar to Butterfly


“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

Buckminster Fuller


Do you give your art work a chance to develop or do you start criticizing it from the start? All art work is not going be beautiful throughout the artistic process.

Sometimes I think my artwork looks like a caterpillar. It goes through an ugly, gangly stage.  I tend to get frustrated when this occurs. But through experience I realize that I should continue on. I tell myself to stop thinking so much and to enjoy the work.

Through the years I have seen this same scenario occur with my students. Sometimes the students get in the middle of an art project and start doubting themselves and their work. They critique the work before it is time. I have had many students ready to pitch an art project in the trash. I have actually rescued student work out of the trash can.

The quote above it a great one to tell yourself or your students when this type of thinking occurs. Thank goodness for the patience of the butterfly!


Dear Lord:

Sometimes we doubt ourselves and our work. Please help us to realize that you are with us every step of the way. Help us to be patient as our creations evolve into the work you would have us do. Help us enjoy the artistic process. Help us to be slow to criticize our work. Bless our efforts. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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