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Will You Rise Again After Creative Setbacks?

Will You Rise Again After Creative Setbacks?

I started filming a documentary in January of 2023.
It’s still not done.
With this being the first feature length documentary I’ve taken on, I shouldn’t have been surprised that it would be wrought with so many challenges.

From the very first day of filming where I made some significant mistakes with starting and stopping my B CAMERA recording as I moved around the room shooting extra angles for the first interview.
That meant each and every one of those video files would need to be individually synced with the interview’s main video file. Never doing that again.

Then I experienced issues with making the mistake of using rechargeable batteries in the audio recorder. Never doing that again.

Next it was the after painstaking months of going through transcripts and piecing together the paper edit of the film. I discovered that all of my project files were lost. Frankly none of the raw footage was lost so I could always start over. But that means I would be starting over.

I say all this to say that no matter what you are undertaking when you’re new at it. When you don’t yet have the depth of knowledge or experience you should definitely expect challenges to be part of your journey.
Depending on the skill needed for the undertaking the learning curve can be quite steep.
Thankfully I’ve been around the block a bit with filming in general and thus I’ve been able to do what all of us must in scenarios like this. Bounce back.

Confucius says, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”

I’m not after my own glory but the glory of the Lord. I even believe that in the reset of this project the Lord did a reset on that truth for me as well. I stopped holding it so closely and tightly in my hands and instead am more ready and willing to simply give the film over to the Lord, entrusting God to dust me off and put me back in the fight.
And yet I still have a big role to play in this because God’s given me free will and the ability to choose.
In Galatians 6:9 the very first Bible verse I fell in love with after getting saved Paul says this

“Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

What has God called you to create and what area has the Lord called you to put your hands to the plow and put in work?
Now if you haven’t already experienced falling, failures or bumps along the road they’re coming. You get to decide now as well as then what you’re going to do. Will you be one that pushes through deciding that you will not give up . deciding that they will not be weary in doing the good that God has called them to.

Will you be one that chooses to rise again and again or will you be one who immaturely receives the challenges of the journey as signs that God is not with them and that the anointing has left the work?
Trust me in this I’m not saying that God is in every work that you’re doing but I am saying this you don’t need the Holy Spirit to do the easy stuff.
Press forward as a Christian creative and create something that brings him glory.

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How Can Christian Creatives Avoid Feeling Devalued by Their Work?”

How Can Christian Creatives Avoid Feeling Devalued by Their Work?”

Christian Creatives, let’s talk. No answers today just a chat and a question or two.

It can be hard making something and finding that it is unwanted. One of the hardest things in the creative process can be when you are creating something with specific people in mind, only to find that they were ungrateful or you actually hadn’t understood what they really wanted from the beginning. Nevertheless, putting effort into something, only to feel like the effort is wasted, can be frustrating.

Tonight, we celebrated my son’s Matteo’s birthday in a really low-key fashion. I was just doing some simple grilling. Just he and I, and a neighbor boy came through to hang out and asked what we were grilling. I told him, “Burgers for me, hot dogs for Matteo.” He was excited and asked if he could have a hot dog. So, of course, I made the kid a hot dog.

christian creative 1However, the ice cream truck came, the little boy ran off, and his hot dog sat unattended and unwanted on the paper towel, which was all I had to offer the kid because I didn’t have a plate. In one sense, I fully understood that ice cream is a priority number one for a kid his age. And let’s be honest, Matteo got excited when he heard the sound of that fateful tune. And for those of you who think me neglectful, don’t worry. I made sure that my son got some delicious treats from the truck as well.

But upon our return, there still sat that lonely hot dog. And what was interesting, I went to a place where I was like, “That is the last time I ever make a hot dog for this kid.” The truth is, it didn’t cost me much to create. And matter of fact, hot dogs aren’t the healthiest things anyway. So maybe this kid ended up getting the best thing for him. But I couldn’t help but feel like something was wasted in this moment. So I began to think about the repurposing of the hot dog. Maybe we could feed it to someone else, or maybe I could save it for the next time Matteo wanted a hot dog.

And before you think this entire conversation is about a hot dog, let me bring it back to where we began. In a very similar way, all of our works of creation can sometimes feel like that lonely hot dog sitting on the paper towel. Cooked with intention, but left unwanted or unused, which when referencing art, simply means unvalued. And one of the challenges with that is, for the creative, art can feel like an extension of ourselves. In previous blog posts, I talked about creating from the soul and not losing our soul as we looked for tools to help the process.

But the truth is, as we create from the soul, we can feel like we give away a piece of ourselves with every creation. So I think the real question is, and I don’t have the answer, how do we give a piece of ourselves without losing a piece of ourselves? And for those of you reading along, is that even the right question? Inquiring minds want to know.

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