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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.


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?

“Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

What would happen if we could bring ourselves to see failure that way?

monetliliesThank you Lord for this insanely beautiful, incomprehensibly awesome world. What is almost frightening is we know this is only a shadow of what it was supposed to be, and just a taste of what is to come. Lord help me to never be too busy to take it in or too frightened to try to express it. Lord use me and the abilities, ideas and work that you give me to draw people into that beauty until it every eye looks to you. Then help me to disappear so all they see is you.

To you be the glory. In Jesus’ name,


What is your prayer as an artist?

vonnegutWriter Kurt Vonnegut once said something that I believe are words to live by:

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing and art, no matter how well or badly, is a way of making your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

Is he right? I think so. Will you make a living in the arts? I don’t know, but I do know this, when we faithfully use our God-given gifts we find ourselves in a sweet spot. Doing what we were created to do. Start where you are, give it your best and share it with the world. Then tomorrow…

Do it again!