The great artist Michelangelo wrote:
From this mad passion
Which made me take art for an idol and a king
I have learnt the burden of error that it bore
And what misfortune springs from man’s desire…
The world’s frivolities have robbed me of the time
That I was given for reflecting upon God”
If you don’t know Michelangelo, he was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet during the Renaissance. He exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art and is considered to be the greatest artists of all time. He spent 4 years painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and another 4 years painting the The Last Judgment on one side of the wall in the Sistine Chapel.
In light of all he has done, it makes what he says above extraordinary. He is saying that for all he has done, the incredible paintings and sculptors, all it did was rob him of the time he was given to reflect on God. That’s not to say what he did wasn’t good. It just meant that his relationship with God warranted more attention than the art he created!
Think about that for a moment.