Believe In You and Your “Weird” Ideas

Posted: December 6, 2019 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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Okay, I know what you’re thinking, so let me state it. First and foremost believe in God. Place your faith in Jesus, trust Him for salvation, and everything else. Nowhere in here am I calling for idolatry or anything like that. Instead I am asking you to overcome the naysayers and act on the ideas that come to you, when others don’t quite get it. If you don’t believe in your idea no one else will. You have to believe.

What reminded me of this was today when I was at the bank. My bank has this closes circuit TV thing that plays little news flashes in sort of a slide show format. I was closing up my transaction when I saw it. They had a little blurb about one of my favorite things—Star Wars, specifically the new movie that comes out soon. I know there is a huge buzz around this movie and I am really looking forward to seeing it. When I think of all the billions of dollars that property had made, it boggles the imagination, but you know what’s even more mind boggling? Several studios passed on it. It was a weird idea, Sci Fi was seen as a dead genre and seen as a huge risk, George Lucas had to believe in it, run past the nay sayers, and get it done. When I think about it, there is a realization. I am 56 years old. The first film came out when I was in seventh grade and they’re still relevant. Creative ideas have a way of taking on a life of their own.

Then a few days ago I was watching a cool show called The Toys That Made Us. The first episode of this season was on another of my all time favorites. Two guys who wanted to be comic book artists, got together one night and started to sketch. They were goofing around and started off trying to crack each other up, when one of them drew a turtle with a pair of nunchucks. This was the birth of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Needless to say, at first a lot of people didn’t get it and Eastman and Laird decided to self publish. Before anyone else would believe in it, Eastman and Laird had to.

These are just two of many ideas that people didn’t get that ended up really making a mark, not to mention making their creators very wealthy. I’m not saying money should be a primary motivation, rather I’m saying create something that means something to you and then believe in it enough to do the work. Now you might wonder what this has to do with the spiritual component of this blog. Well I’ll tell you, and it might be a bit of a stretch, but I don’t think so. Consider our heavenly Father, the ultimate creator. His love and care for us an all He has done for us, culminating in the gift of Christ. Consider the parable of the talents where the master invests talents in his servants and one thing becomes clear: God believes in His creation. Maybe it’s time we believe in ours.

Now again our faith in Christ has to supersede everything else, but we need to believe in what we do enough to do the work and put it out there, because you never know what will happen if you do it, but you know nothing will happen if you do nothing.

Now look, some ideas truly have no merit, but don’t be too quick to write your idea off as crazy. Pray and do the work if the Lord leads. After all you never know. I’m not saying Star Wars or TMNT are godly creations, but, again, creative ideas have a way of taking on a life of their own. After all someone green-lighted a movie about sharks in tornados… Six times!

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