Posts Tagged ‘creativity’


This is going to sound like a sports story, but hang in there, this is more about glory than sports. I used to be a pretty big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. This was in the days of the Gang Green defense, featuring guys like Jerome Brown, and my all-time favorite, Reggie White. I was pretty young in my faith walk, and Reggie was called the Minister of Defense and I was just amazed by him on the field and off. I became really disgruntled with the Eagles when Reggie ended up going to the Packers and my fandom went with him. I have rooted for the Packers ever since.

Then a little time ago, the Eagles picked up another of my favorite people, Tim Tebow, and I was thinking I’d be back to having two teams in green. Then they cut Tebow and I decided having one team was fine, (okay more like the Eagles were “dead to me,” but I believe in grace and forgiveness more than football, so I just moved on.)

But I started hearing things about this guy Carson Wentz. I started hearing about players being baptized and Bible studies led by this young quarterback, and I started getting excited. Then it got better, they started to win. They started to dominate and a narrative began to form in my mind. This team is going to roll over everyone and win the Super Bowl to the glory of God and it will be epic.

That all changed this past weekend. Wentz took a shot to the knees, torn ACL, out for the season, and a collective “Nooooo” was heard all over Philadelphia fandom. But wait, it’s not over. They have a backup in Nick Foles (also a believer) and that would make another great story, but there’s more. See I was allowing myself to have wrong head thinking. I was doing something I encourage every creative to guard against. I was thinking that God can only be glorified in human success and that is not the point. A discussion in Bible study last night (believe it or not, it was related to the topic at hand) brought clarity. You see the following day, Carson Went took to social media and changed the narrative. See for yourself.

In the midst of a disappointing day to be sure, Wentz still took the time to give glory to God and acknowledge a sovereign will that is bigger than football. Went was showing us that God is good in the good times and the bad times, in joy and sorrow. At the end of the day that is the real point of all of this. It’s easy to glorify God when everything is going our way. What this young man showed us is God is good all the time. There are a lot of things in our lives that can go wrong. The question is will we trust God and move forward in faith regardless?

Carson Went could have stayed on the pocket, and he could have played it safe, but he went for it. He gave his all and paid the price. Will we do the same in our pursuits? Oh we may not take a shot from a defensive player, but there are risks nonetheless. We can play it safe, but glory is found outside the “pocket.” sometimes you have to take the risk and play the game, knowing you’ll give glory to God regardless of the outcome. We can’t always control what happens, but we can always control our reaction. Carson Went showed us that. May we do the same.

Mr. Wentz, I’m praying your recovery is insanely quick and complete. I’m praying that you soar to even greater heights, and I thank you for challenging me by your actions to a new and better point of view.

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I’m reading Jeff Goins’ great new book Real Artists Don’t Starve. I’m less than 20% in and I am already wondering how he managed jam so much great information and inspiration into one little book. I have a short quote today that just resonated with me so much today. This deals with when to start being an artist.

“If you’re waiting for your moment, don’t. Start now. If you’re wondering if you had to be born to paint or sing or dance, you don’t. You just have to choose to become someone else, if the role you’re playing is not the one you wanted. You don’t become an artist by moving to New York without a penny to your name. You become an artist because you decide that’s what you’re going to be and then you do the work.”

Those last three words are especially the key. The decision to become what you want to become is huge, but lots of people want to be rock stars, but a relative few learn to play guitar. Wanting it is not to be overlooked, but you have to want it bad enough to do the work. You can be an artist, and/or a creative, the key though is starting and then doing the work. This book is already one of the best I have ever read on living the creative life. I can’t wait to read more. Check it out.


I’m hoping this is not read as insensitive because I don’t mean it to be. I heard the story recently of some folks in a community arts organization who thought it a bad idea to do a production of a show that is usually predominantly cast with African American actors, because the group has few African American actors trying out. The opponents of doing the show cited “cultural appropriation.” This is not one of those shows where the plot demands that the characters have to be one race or another, as some shows are written, for example, Hairspray. It’s just an awesome show that’s a lot of fun that I have seen community groups do very well. My hope would be that doing a show like this would open doors to greater diversity, etc.

I guess I just don’t want to build walls around art. My belief is a primary strength of the arts is the ability to cross all of our manmade borders and bring us together. The arts allow us to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and create bridges to understanding. While certain genres have at times been attributed to certain cultures and ethnicities, great art is great art. Why not let it do what it was designed to do? We have enough walls, let’s open a few doors.


I got this book as a review copy from the publisher because I thought it looked interesting. When I first started reading it, I thought I made a mistake, because I thought it was for women. I read a little further and thought it was for me, but slowly I came to the point of realizing it just might be for me.

This book is about men who disconnect relationally from others, especially from their spouses. The reason for my early confusion is because Turner sort of jumps back and forth between writing to the disconnected man and then writing to the women who love them. To be perfectly honest, I thought I was doing well in most of the areas this book explores but after reading them, I can see that a. I have come a long way, and b. I have a long way to go. This may be one of the most helpful books I have ever read. I truly believe every man should probably read this book, because Turner delves deep into the blindspots many of us carry.

This is not some over your head, psychological self-help book. This is a book written by someone whose been there. It is full of the author’s personal examples and battle scars. The book manages to walk the line between extremely challenging and extremely rewarding. I can’t say I enjoyed this book. That would be like saying I enjoyed surgery. What I will say instead is this is an important book that I am glad I read. Men, read this book. Women, if you find yourself having a hard time with your relationship, don’t separate, read this book.