Creativity (It's Not That Magical)

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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.

Colossians 3:22-25 MSG

If we considered everything that we do an act of worship, I wonder, would it radically change the way that we spend out time? - Rich Langton (Hillsong CRTV)

In my work, I have a mantra of sorts... I penned it 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 look at the quote above from Rich Langton, you really start to think “would I look at life differently if I knew everything that I do is ultimately an act of worship?” For me, that changed everything. Read Colossians 3:22-25 in The Message version. It ends by saying that “Being a follower of Jesus doesn't cover up bad work.” Now think about that. If He created me, and my job now is to create for Him... Colossians 3 demands that I give this task my all. I can’t just passively go through the motions, it’s no longer enough just to say “well I’m a follower if Jesus so I’m sure that 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 BRIGHTIDEA.online, that means the graphics that we make, the pictures that we take, the videos and voice work that we produce... they all are trying to communicate a heart of excellence back to our client, sure. But ultimately we strive to communicate that 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 it’s 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 proof read that presentation you have to give at work or re-evaluating how you care for your front yard. Or even deciding not to sweep the literal pile of dust under the rug, and going to 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 all of this... even down to the smallest detail, it all matters to Him, and so should it to us.

Remember that following Jesus doesn't cover up our bad work, that 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. When really all that it requires is a little bit off effort. Creativity is just connecting things. Sometimes we want the instant gold without the mining process.

Steve Jobs said this:

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.

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. To let our minds just wander from time to time. For some, that time may be on your daily drive. Others may think better in the shower. Find a time that works for you. We must learn to leverage our situations and think differently.


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