What’s Your Creative Dream?

Posted: October 18, 2016 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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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.

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  1. Dean says:

    David,
    This is a very timely post since I was just arguing with the Lord last night about what He is revealing to me about His call on my life. (Hey, Peter did too, so I guess I’m in good company! LOL!)

    He was trying to open some things up to my understanding, to help me have a vision for my future. I argued with Him, saying that it was too big, and that I am just a no one from no where.

    He asked me if I remembered the meme about “Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon” (Taken from the six Degrees Of Separation). I told Him that I remembered it, but what does that have to do with anything? I don’t know anyone that knows him or any other celebrity.

    He said, “Yes you do.”
    I said, “No, I don’t! I think I would know if I did!”
    He said, “What about R—- B—–?”
    I asked, “Does he know him?”
    He said, “No, but R—- B—– knows B—- G—— (a very famous musician), and he knows him.”
    I asked, “B—- G—— knows Kevin Bacon?”
    He said, “Look it up.”

    So, I Googled them and saw pictures of them together! The Lord was right, they DO know each other! (Is the Lord being right a big surprise?)

    I got excited and asked, “Lord, do you want me to start calling and making connections to meet some of these famous people?” (Don’t we usually just want to jump and run 10 miles ahead of the Lord when He starts to reveal something to us?)

    He said, “No! I was just pointing out the fact that I can open doors that you never knew about, if you’ll just trust Me and not try to do everything yourself.”

    I need to work on resting (labor to enter into the rest Heb. 4:11), and just trust Him to work all things out for my good, instead of trying to make my calling happen on my own. After all, who called me, Him or myself?

    Anyway, great post! Thanks for being so timely!

    Dean

    • amokarts says:

      This was really interesting. I am always fascinated by the directions our prayers can take. As far as laboring to enter into His rest, I always took that to mean doing the work He calls us to do so that we are found faithful when we enter His ultimate rest. At the same time I have been on that hamster wheel of trying to “earn God’s favor” something we who love Him already have, so your take on it was thought provoking. Your thought on meeting famous people led me to think about how this worked in my life. Before my conversion I went to a lot of rock concerts (about 70 in five years). Never once did I meet any of the artists (well except for shaking Fred Turner’s (Bachman Turner Overdrive) leaving the stage at a local club).

      Then I came to Christ and began to learn how He can use anything. I got the call to ministry and started as a youth leader. I began to look for good teaching resources. I had heard of interlinc, a youth ministry resource that uses Christian Rock songs as the jumping off point for Bible lessons. Basically, you got a box of CDs (now most of their content is also delivered digitally) and a lesson book in which a real youth leader wrote a lesson based on one of the songs from each CD. It worked so well with my kids, but i would get an album and find that I would wish the writer had written his lesson based on the theme of another song. (The lesson was fine, but my kids were coming with issues that were perfectly addressed by other songs.) I began, working with their format, to write my own lessons based on themes I needed. After doing this once or twice I began to wonder how to go about becoming one of their writers, submitted and eventually became one of their main writers. As a result of that, I have met and sat down and had real conversations with some of the best artists in Christian music. I think this proves that God can redeem anything, but it also shows a key. You’ve got to do the work, take a step of faith and put yourself and your work out there. I believe most of this is about discerning God’s leading and taking a first step in faith, then continuing to walk in faith. Thanks for commenting, please keep in touch.

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