A key component of the creative life is a willingness to change direction.
I’m not talking about flip-flopping and running in indecisive circles, rather the readiness to assess the situation and make changes as required.
An idea doesn’t work out. Assess the situation and ask the Holy Ghost what needs to change. Being stubbornly stuck on outcomes can sometimes be a strength that pushes you through resistance, but it can also be a weakness if your heart is not sensitive to the possibility that maybe there’s a better or different way to approach things.
In our Isaac inspired entrepreneurial epic,
“Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us… And Isaac departed thence” (Genesis 26:16–17 KJV)
There are times to stand your ground and stay, and times you gotta go.
This was not a stand-and-stay moment for Isaac. He was fluid and flexible enough to move and was ready to dig again if necessary, never wavering from his goals, but realising that there are numerous ways to reach your destination. Sometimes trial and error is the best way forward. A craving for certainty and insistence on guarantees will keep you stationary for decades.
Note this down…
Isaac pitched his tent.
He was not laying hundred-foot foundations and erecting a tower in his own honour!
We are pilgrims passing through and even should the Lord be pleased to prosper the work of our hands it behoves us to dwell lightly in the world, and heavy in the Heavens!
Adjust Your Sails
Being ready to innovate, iterate, move, and change is an entrepreneurial essential.
Jimmy Dean said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
This sums up the attitude that will carry you forward in times of change and challenge. Isaac’s plan may have been scuppered. He was told to get out of the land he’d pitched in, but he knew that God’s plan for him was not in the hands of men.
We see a similar attitude with Abraham in Genesis 13 when he and Lot parted ways. Abraham’s attitude was one of trust, “Lot, you go whichever way you choose and I’ll head in the opposite direction.” He felt no compulsion to grab the best pastures because his trust was not in the earth, it was anchored in Heaven’s blessing.
Are there changes you know you need to make that you’ve been resisting?
Have you been hanging on to yesterday’s blessing? Looking to maintain something from which the cloud and fire have parted?
What shifts can you make in your creative endeavours that could carry you further forward?
Are there some alterations in attitude that may relieve you of trusting in others or your own strength to secure the outcomes you seek, so the Lord can better get to work on your behalf?
Heraclitus said, “Only one thing is certain – change.”
You can certain of it!
But there is one thing even more certain than the one thing that is certain.
God’s call and covenant never change. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He remains faithful even when we are faithless because He cannot deny Himself.
His Words cannot be erased and even death is just a checkpoint!