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No, not when he said there’s a sucker born every minute. That was just him being mean. No he said something once that is much more to the heart of the matter for this blog.

He said “The noblest art is that of making people happy.”

I think he was 100 per cent correct. When we who are called to create art, in any form, do work that brings people true, pure joy, I think we are entering into the noblest of pursuits. After all, the joy of the Lord is our strength.

How are you bringing joy to the world?

It’s a question worth considering…

and that’s no Humbug!

Want to understand the human condition? “What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could ‘be like gods’—could set up on their own as if they had created themselves—be their own masters—invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than man which will make him happy. The reason it can never succeed is this. God made us, invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline, and would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way, without bothering about ‘religion.’ God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

The Gospel is a fact; therefore tell it simply.
The Gospel is a joyful fact; therefore tell it cheerfully.
The Gospel is an entrusted fact; therefore tell it faithfully.
The Gospel is a fact of infinite moment; therefore tell it earnestly.
The Gospel is a fact if infinite love; therefore tell it feelingly.
The Gospel is a fact of difficult comprehension to many, therefore tell it with ILLUSTRATION(emphasis added)
The Gospel is a fact about a person; therefore preach Christ.
—Archibald Brown

The purpose of communication is to be understood. Nothing is more important to communicate than the Gospel. Share it in ways that people understand.

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.

Sometimes when I post I feel the need to editorialize. This time I am just going to put it out there and invite your comments…

“The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”

Martin Luther

wcfieldsOkay, I will admit, while I try not to get frustrated, there is one thing that will always put me over the edge. You get an idea, you present it and someone says, “We tried that…” The implication being that, “We did it. It failed. We’re never doing that again.” I hope people don’t approach their whole lives like that.

Now I will admit, there is such a thing as knowing when to quit. Every day of my Jr. High gym class years, I passed by a poster the teacher hung in the locker room. It held a picture of W.C. Fields saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again… Then quit, no use being a ___ fool about it.” I’m not sure it had the effect my teacher desired in my case because I applied that philosophy to things like pull-ups, chin-ups and rope climbing. I’ve never done any of those. There is a time to give up, but I think most of us think we hit that point a long time before we actually do.

A big part of a successful creative life, is allowing yourself to fail, and then allowing yourself to take what you learned and try again. Remember creativity is solving problems and not all those solutions are going to be easy. Some are going to require a lot of different efforts and sometimes you’re going to need to do something more than once in order to succeed.

Some of the problems we need to solve are huge and some are “life and death” at least for the organizations we serve. Looking to the past, saying we tried something once and giving up is really not an option. If we’re truly committed to solving a problem, we will keep trying things until something solves the problem. There is a name for people who do that…


Keep trying until something works. Do that until it stops working and while it’s still working figure out what’s next. Then start doing that as soon as the first thing stops working. Then just repeat this process infinitely.

220px-DanielWebster_ca1847_Whipple_2403624668-cropIn the preface of the first edition of The American Dictionary of the English Language (Published in 1828) Daniel Webster wrote:

“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all of our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from, vice,crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war proceed from their despising of neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

I think he hit the nail on the head…

What say you?