If you asked me to pick my favorite ice cream flavor, I'd tell you I favor chocolate and peanut butter ice cream. And all the peanut-allergy readers yelled, “BOOOOO!”
More life-altering things I favor, like my relationship with Christ, have held deep roots in my soul that have shaped my identity.
When you favor something, you accept it
and give it a big-ol' stamp of approval.
Often times we favor the wrong things. Let’s look at this illustration with blast-from-the-past college Jenny, who was two years deep into Christianity.
Being a Television major had its perks … I always had an excuse to see the latest movies and shows. The movie that was a must-see my sophomore year was the horror film, The Ring.
Yup, that one ....
I begged my friends to go, and we settled into our oversized seats, hearts beating at the anticipation of what was to come. As I watched between my fingers, a ghosty-creepy-weirdo child that desperately needed a haircut, hunted around on all fours and lurked out of TVs. It was basically the most painful hour and 55 minutes of my life.
Now hear me out, this isn’t a story about if we should or shouldn’t watch horror movies. It’s the fact that…
I didn’t look in the other direction or leave; I stayed in my comfy seat, favoring fear. A fear that held me captive.
The next day in between sips of caffeine fueled Diet Pepsi, I ended up telling my friend about the fear I had faced all. night. long.
I couldn’t get that long-haired ghosty out of my mind. My friend told me that he made the decision years ago not to see scary movies.
He chose not to side with fear and was pretty intentional about his decision.
It may seem obvious to you, but in that moment my mind was blown. I didn’t realize I even had that option.
Tonight as I was praying for all of us Creatives, I was overwhelmed with the potential that 2018 held for you and was reminded that we have to ...
STOP SETTLING INTO FEAR.
And that the call as Creatives is to live courageously in Christ.
Perhaps you set some big goals like writing that book, learning graphic design, or stepping into a new creative role you’ve only dreamt of. Don’t let fear stop your momentum. Fear has a habit of manifesting in a way that robs our joy in creating or pauses our pen from writing. That fear rooted in insecurity stops thoughts from developing and action from happening.
When we trust Holy Spirit to help us reject fear and bring us peace, God can use our art and creative ninja-ways to let His light shine. As Believers, we should be the film-makers, music shapers and dream chasers. The creative talents and abilities God has gifted you are so needed within the church walls, as well as in mainstream environments, to influence culture for Christ.
What's the creative dream or goal you have? I want you to think of it right now.
Do you have it?
Okay. So as we jump into this prayer together, fill in the blank with your creative thing you are pursuing.
“Jesus, as I step into ____this creative thing____,
I will no longer favor:
- fear of failure,
- fear of people judging me,
- fear of rejection,
- or fear of comparison.
Holy Spirit, help me live intentionally to not just sit comfortably with a fear that paralyzes my creative nature. May we be Creatives who have a hunger for the word. Holy Spirit, help us to create from a space that honors and glorifies You. May we continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling and live as God-fearing Creatives. Amen.”
Creative Ninja, I am cheering you on and praying for you as you trust God in all He’s called you to in this season. He’s got this!
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