Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Creative Best Series - Part Three

Net's Notation Tuesdays
Creative Best Series - Part Three

This Tuesday, let’s look at the next phrase of Galatians 6:4 from The Message Bible:

"Make a careful exploration of who you are
and the work you have been given . . .”

Did you know God created you to “walk in good works?” (see Ephesians 2:10) Before you were born, He had a lifetime of activities mapped out for you to participate in. These are ways you would glorify Him.

Remember the time you helped the homeless person by offering a few dollars, or giving him a lift? Remember the time you hugged the toddler who skinned her knee on the playground? Or the time you wrote a comforting note to a new widow? All of those were “good works” God invited you to participate in.

Your writing life is the same. You have been invited to participate with God in His calling on your life. Think about the writers who have influenced your life. Who knew your favorite author would put together just the right story, words, themes that would touch your life, inspiring you, glorifying God? God did.

And He has stories for you to write (or non-fiction books) that will glorify Him while drawing people to Him.

That’s the work we’ve been given. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Here’s the best part: You get to enjoy the journey and God enjoys you in it. Let’s me explain.

In the movie Chariots of Fire, missionary Eric Liddell tries to comfort his anxious sister. She’s concerned he’s not fulfilling his calling as a missionary to China. He’s concerned about not fulfilling all of his callings—and one of them is to compete in races, glorifying God. He tells her:

“I believe God made me for a purpose. For China, yes. But He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

Eric was doing what God created for Him to do. Are you? When you do, do you feel His pleasure?

Isn’t it amazing to share with the Creator of the universe in creating a story that can change lives, or writing a non-fiction book in a creative way that will also affect people’s steps?

What a gift! What a calling! What a privilege, a pleasure.

As you sit at your computer today, give yourself permission to explore your work, the work you’ve been given. ENJOY writing! Enjoy the journey of your calling, of walking out the work you’ve been given to do.

Be your creative best!


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