Archive for October 18, 2016

I think I was among the last people to see this amazing film, but I have always been struck by the overarching theme and I think many people need to consider it’s theme in their lives. A despairing, despondent man begins to wish he had never been born and from there the film explores the impact of his life. I hope you are never despairing or despondent but please believe that your life matters and how you live it matters, because the impact is larger than you think.

You never know what will make a difference. Sometimes it’s a huge project, sometimes its a kind word. In my life, some of the biggest things have happened because I painted a backdrop for Vacation Bible School. I was a floundering new Christian who was starting to believe that I didn’t fit anywhere and I never would. I was loving God and my new-found faith, but I really felt like I failing in the serving God department. Then my pastor asked me to paint a backdrop for vacation Bible school and it changed everything. That one act set a whole lot of things in motion that eventually led to my call to ministry and this amazing life I have today, pastoring a church and traveling the country painting pictures, telling stories and preaching the Gospel. It led to writing this blog, writing books, helping churches to embrace creativity and creative people and on and on.

I think most people go through life feeling like they are not making a difference, but you won’t know the scope of your impact on this world, and it’s not really for you to worry about. You just need to live your life faithfully, making the most of the opportunities set before you. Here’s what you need to remember. God made you on purpose for a purpose. Bring your best to every opportunity, which will sometimes feel a lot like making your own opportunities, but really it’s more like following God through the doors He opens. Will you always get it right? No, but God is bigger than our failures and uses some of those things to bring us even more growth. Develop your gifts and put them to use to the glory of God, then put your work in His hands and trust that He can do more than you can ask or imagine, because He can and He will.

Your impact on this world is most likely a lot larger than you think, but even if it isn’t, it’s a wonderful life and today is the first day of the rest of it. The past is gone bring your best to today and keep learning, working and most importantly praying and trusting God. Let Him deal with your impact. You be faithful.

It truly is a wonderful life. Watch this clip from Andy Andrews to get a better understanding of the way our lives can have a huge impact.

You may have a multitude of answers to that question but at the very least you have to have one. If you don’t have it yet, it’s time to start seeking it. Maybe it’s a problem you want to solve or something you want to create. Maybe there is something that in your heart you know needs to exist, but no one else can see it. Maybe it’s a message the world needs to hear or a product the world has lived too long without. Maybe it’s something that will impact lives for eternity. Whatever it is, stop to consider has God given you this dream? Don’t discount it if it’s too small and especially don’t discount it if it feels too big. God can work in both the very large and the very small and sometimes the things that appear very small actually have a huge impact. Whatever you do, you need to do the work of identifying it and then you need to move forward.

You see faithfulness demands action. Burying a dream is not acceptable. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers, all the resources, all the abilities, etc. Just just God enough to take the next right step, surround your dream in prayer and keep moving forward. That dream may very well be your call, it might even be the reason you’re here. What are you going to do about it.

Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” Why are you here? Your creative dream might well be the reason. Find it and work toward making it reality.