“Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.”
“If we considered everything that we do an act of worship, I wonder, would it radically change the way that we spend our time?” – Rich Langton (Hillsong CRTV)
In my line of work, I have a mantra that I penned years ago as a senior in high school after I got my first copy of Photoshop: “He created me, so I create for Him. I am creative.” If you read the quote from Rich Langton, you really begin to wonder, “Would I look at life differently if I knew that everything that I do is ultimately an act of worship?” For me, that changed everything. Colossians 3:22-25 from The Message ends by saying, “Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.” Now let’s think about that. He created me and my job is to create for Him. Colossians 3 demands that I give this task my all. I cannot just passively go through the motions thinking, as a follower of Jesus, whatever I come up with will be just fine. No. Just because you follow Him doesn’t mean that He’s okay with bad work. For us at Coastal CRTV, the graphics that we make, the pictures that we take and the videos that we produce are trying to communicate a heart of excellence back to our Creator. Anything less should be a disappointment for us.
So what about you? We realize that you aren’t all designers, or photographers, or producers or musicians but you all have the ability to create. That is because creativity is not limited to art. Creativity is, at its core, solving a problem. That releases you to now create something. Maybe what you’re creating is an amazing meal for your family rather than settling for a microwave dinner. Maybe it’s you taking an extra minute or two to proofread that presentation you have to give at work or re-evaluating how you care for your front yard. You decide not to sweep the literal pile of dust under the rug and, instead, get a broom to finish cleaning up the right way. The point to all of this is that if everything is an act of worship then everything, even down to the smallest detail, matters to Him, and so it should to us as well.
Remember, following Jesus doesn’t cover up our bad work and creativity is not magic, it is a discipline. When we see something magical, we assume that the process used to create it is also magical. However, all it really requires is a little bit of effort. Creativity is just connecting things. Sometimes we want the instant gold without the mining process.
“When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and create new things.” – Steve Jobs
Thought of the Day:
What is it that inspires you? Do you have daily routines? When you sense frustration, inside or outside of that routine, what is it that makes you keep moving forward?
Figuring out how to move forward through this is being creative. The perfect situation is not necessarily perfect. We all struggle to find time to think and just let our minds wander from time to time. For some, that time may be on your daily drive or for others, it may be in the shower. Find a time that works for you. We must learn to leverage our situations and think differently.
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