“A passive person won’t even complete a project, but a passionate person makes good use of his time, wealth, and energy.” Proverbs 12:27, PASSION
As Christian creatives we are working out what God is working in us. I believe that the creative Spirit of God dwells in your spirit, and that He is itching to partner with you on projects that will change your life, and the lives of those you minister to.
Whatever your strength and gifts, He is there to make them shine.
But it can only happen when you translate what’s in your heart through to your hands.
Scripture tells us that He will prosper everything that we put our hand to.
Not just what we think about.
Not the things we might do one day maybe.
It’s putting skin in game that brings possibilities to bear and opens up potential.
So why do so many folks get caught in a busy life of passivity?
Busy because most of us are like the rest of us. Filling our days with activity, running here and there, even if just in our thinking, has us tied in knots. It seems that there is less time than we have activities to fill the hours made available to us.
Passivity because so often our hours are not filled with activities that press into our most precious ideas and desired outcomes. Creative projects lay dormant in the tomorrow tray, begging for attention but getting only a cursory glance every once in a very long while.
Time, wealth, and energy are supplied with limits, and it is up to you where you invest them. Beyond the necessities there are daily choices to make regarding the direction you pursue.
Book writers do not begin as bestsellers.
Entrepreneurs rarely start their journey with their finances flourishing.
Ideas are just the beginning. They must move from heart to head, where plans are made and priorities set, and finally to hand where you give substance to hope and bring value to the world.
I’m committed to do all I can to lay my life on the line and spill goodness into the world’s well as abundantly as I am able. With God’s help I believe I can help others do the same.
What about you?
What are the recipients of your time, wealth and energy?
Where are you most precious resources being spent?
Give consideration to how you might complete some unfinished projects. Don’t aim for perfection, shoot for produced and made public. A completed project in need of betterment, is always more useful than a near perfect project stalled in the pits.
Completion adds confidence, and confidence leads to connecting your dreams and desires to faith. Instead of perceiving yourself as someone who doesn’t quite make the grade, you’ll look in the mirror and see a finisher.
Instead of doubting yourself you’ll discover a well of motivation that runs deeper than today. It will spill into tomorrow, and continue to carry you beyond just ideas and intentions, and on into bigger, braver, bolder endeavours.
Passion may motivate, but putting your hands to the plough and prioritising those projects that burn beneath the daily grind will cause them to surface and move your trajectory away from just slogging through to breaking through.
I know all of this sounds like motivational mumbo, but believe me, it really is not.
Acting daily toward your desired outcomes is the one essential that will change your game. Will out take courage? Sure will. Will you have to fight though discouragement on some of those days? Doubtless, yes.
Will it be worth it? Who will ever know until you make the decision to find out.