Posts Tagged ‘opportunities’

What do you do when you see someone gets something you wanted? Well you have a choice. You can lament that they got it. You can get jealous. You can beat yourself up. You can wonder why. You can even get mad at God. Of course all of that is counter-productive. There is something else you can do. You can be happy for the other person and grateful for what you have. Ultimately,that is the best choice, especially when dealing with ministry. Regardless of who gets to do what, the hope is always that the Gospel goes forth and that the Lord ultimately knows what He is doing. Choose that and make the most of every opportunity you get. God is good. Believe He will put you in the right places at the right time and you will have a Kingdom impact.

I love what I do, the speaking, the pastoring, the illustrating. I am really blessed. Here are a few samples from my new adult coloring book that will be coming soon from AMOK Books.
Of course I am always open to a few new opportunities and projects. There are times in your life where you feel like you’re in your zone. I am in one of those times.
God is good.

It happens to a lot of artists a lot of the time, especially in the church. It’s not that we’re not welcome, often it’s that they don’t know what to do with us. What can we do to change this?

Offer: Sometimes, we have not because we ask not. We get it in our heads that the church cannot use our gift because they don’t currently use art. As I said earlier, often churches don’t know what to do with us, so we have to make an offer. I recommend starting small and safe. Something that is low cost (no cost is better) and high reward. Then do it for all you’re worth.

Demonstrate: Artists are, as a rule, abstract thinkers and not everyone else thinks that way. Sometimes you have to draw it out for someone, literally. Make a mock up of what you would like to do or better yet actually do it on your own and bring it in. People often have to be shown things pretty clearly.

Faithfulness: We need to remember that church leaders are under a lot of pressure and there are a lot of people with a lot of opinions that need to be considered. When they call upon us to do anything, we need to deliver and deliver the best we can. We need to make them look good and deliver on time at the lowest cost we can.

Be Appropriate: There are appropriate venues for our work and places where our work will simply not fit. We need to do one of two things. We need to either make our work fit the venue or find a venue that fits our work. Don’t try to make things fit where they don’t.

I’m not naive, I know that there are also churches that are not open to the arts and places where it’s really hard to get opportunities to create. There are some places where our work is not welcome. What do we do then?

Once again make the most of any opportunity you get. Even the most humble opportunities might be used by God to do great things for the Kingdom. An old time actress once said, “There are not small parts, only small actors.” I think the same applies to our ministry opportunities. We need to make the most of whatever we get.

Secondly, if you can’t get opportunities to serve within the church, ask the Lord what He would have you do. Perhaps there is an opportunity for you to serve in your community or just help people find their gifts and do their work to the glory of God. God will use you if you let Him and your faithfulness just might open doors for other opportunities.

Give God your best, He’ll do the rest.

Yesterday at the end of my post on Breaking Amish, I posted about the necessity for Christians to tell a better story, and to get those stories out there. A dear friend of mine asked the dreaded question, “how do we do that?” She asked what I thought we were lacking to get this done.

My first thought was connections. We have been really pretty good at creating for our own tribe, but it’s tough to get to the world beyond. The truth is it’s even tough to get places within the tribe (the Church) and with good reason. Most churches are concerned with truth and doctrinal purity and want to make sure they don’t put someone into their pulpits who will bring a false teaching. That’s a good thing and yet it makes it really hard for even good solid ministries to gain a foothold.

To get to world beyond is in some ways easier. People aren’t as concerned with your doctrine though in some places espousing a Christian worldview might get you black listed. Then there is the perception that the art of Christians is of a lesser quality. To some extent this is unfair, though there does seem to be a “good enough for church” mentality that we really need to fight against.

At the end of the day, I think it comes down to this. We need to stop worrying about what we don’t have and need to learn to do our best with what we do have. We need to make the most of every opportunity. We need to give our best every time. If you have limited resources, stretch them and make it work. If you get to work in a small venue, do the same work you would do for the Louvre or Carnegie hall.

I’m a speed painter. I could do much better work if I had more time, but that’s not the object of the game. I have a limited amount of time (5-10 minutes) to do a complete piece of work which I then use to tell a story. It would do me no good to whine about the time I have, I chose the game. I need to do the best piece I can with what I have and keep practicing and working to get better and better. I need to build word of mouth by making every presentation the best I can possibly do it and I need to pursue the opportunities that present themselves.
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We need to do the work and we need to do all we can to make it shine every time. From there it’s about trusting God to take our best and do the rest. Proverbs 22:29 says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure.” There’s no substitute for doing the work. Do the best you can with what you have and practice, practice, practice. Trusting God to open the doors you can’t open!