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How Can Joy Fuel Your Creativity?

How Can Joy Fuel Your Creativity?

As creatives, what we create originates from the depths of our hearts. Even God’s Word reminds us that our mouths speak from the overflow of our hearts.

When we examine the best works of our hands, we often find that the most beautiful creations flow not from a place of stress or anxiety, but from a heart brimming with joy and hope. This joy, particularly when grounded in an abiding relationship with God, provides a sense of fulfillment and purpose that truly fuels the creative passions we are called to pursue. While art should undoubtedly express the full range of our emotions, art that consistently lacks joy and hope can suffer creatively, becoming darker and less inspiring.

Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us that in our challenges and battles, the joy of the Lord is our strength.

For the Christ-centered creative, the joy we find in Jesus not only uplifts our spirits but also fortifies us, providing the strength and resilience needed to pursue our God-given creative passions. When our hearts are truly aligned with God and His joy, we find ourselves more open, free, generous, and willing to take creative risks as we build and create.

The Christian understands that joy is not merely an emotional state but an abiding truth born from the fruit oof the Spirit within us. As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” Our joy and inspiration in the creative process rely on the Spirit of God living within us. Without the joy that comes from God’s Spirit, our creativity will ultimately lack vitality and depth, diminishing its desired impact.

When we create from a place of joy, our work not only uplifts and inspires others but becomes contagious, spreading positivity like a viral infection that transforms ordinary work into something extraordinary, as the Spirit of God inhabits it. However, when our hope diminishes and our joy wanes, our creative output mirrors that reality.

Albert Einstein recognized the playful nature that results from joy, stating, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” It’s in that playful spirit that we not only create smiles but also experience genuine joy in our hearts. Conversely, when that playful Spirit is absent, our creative endeavors can feel more like a burdensome process than a delight.

Therefore, let us stay connected and devoted to the Father, recognizing Him as the source of our joy. Let us remain in community with others who will encourage and support us. Such community is what the Orderd Chaos Club, when launched, will hopefully be. I would even recommend practicing gratitude, for training our hearts to be grateful helps us maintain a hopeful and joyful outlook on the life and the work we’ve been entrusted with.

The joy of the Lord is your strength today, Christ-centered creative. So go forth, be joyful, and create with joy.

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Goal Setting or Go Getting?

Goal Setting or Go Getting?

Goal Setting vs. Go-Getting: Moving from Vision to Action

There are seasons in life where I find myself immersed in planning, vision boarding, and goal setting. However, often that is where the experience ends. Goals are set, then reset, and then reset again, without enough focused energy being spent on actually achieving them. We all know the saying, “If you don’t aim, you are more than likely to miss your target.” But the truth is, if you never pull the trigger, you won’t hit the target either.

This is where fear can sneak in. If I never pull the trigger, then while I never hit the target, I also don’t miss. This fear of failure can be paralyzing. However, we must determine today to be individuals who not only set goals but also go after them. We must aim and remember to pull the trigger. Shots taken and missed are better than the countless shots never taken at all.

Primary Goals Until Labor Day

🗓 By July 1

  • Identify Beta Testers and Content Creators: Find individuals for the beta testing phase and potential content creators for the soon-to-be-launched Christ-centered creative community, the Ordered Chaos Club.

🗓 By August 1

  • Release the “No Turning Back” Documentary: Finalize and release the long-awaited documentary that has been in the works.

🗓 By Labor Day

  • Launch Phase 1 of the Ordered Chaos Club: Introduce the basic membership tier, including resources, chat rooms, monthly mindset meetings, and a free mini-course on growing as a Christ-centered creative.

What are your goals? What Kingdom hills are you taking on with Jesus?

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Are You Resting to Create?

Are You Resting to Create?

Resting is not an option; it is a necessity.

However, when we step back and take a glance at all the terrain we need to cross or all the mountains we need to climb, we can feel like rest is just something that we can’t afford to take advantage of. But the truth is that is a lie that will end up robbing us of so much that God is looking to build in and through our lives. But that’s the secret: while we are creatives, we must remember that we are creatives in Christ, and that GOD IS THE CHIEF CREATIVE who is looking for the right canvas to paint His latest miracles. He’s looking for the right vessel to manifest His next works of art.

The rested ones are the trusted ones. Not because we are stronger because we rested, which we are. Not because we think more clearly because we rested, which we do. Instead, it is simply because we are the surrendered and submitted ones who trusted God enough to lay down the work of our hands as He promised to finish building. We are simply like the little boy in John 6 who was with his family as Jesus preached. He had less than a full meal for his family, but when called upon, gave that meal up, trusting God had something greater.

Here’s the thing… the people gathered, while growing in hunger, were not at all aware that a miracle was happening. They just knew that this mountainside conference suddenly was catered. But the little boy knew. He knew that he was asked to give up his meal to the conference leadership, and then suddenly, not only was he getting it back, but everyone would be fed, and there would be leftovers.

As we decide to lay down the work of our hands, even if for only one day a week, we are leaning into God’s ways of multiplying and creating. If we aren’t okay with God’s math in our creative work, then we aren’t yet Christ-centered as a creative, which is the hope and aim of my efforts now. God has confirmed for me my calling to create for His glory and to lead others to do the same. Creating for His glory also means resting for His glory.

Check out the Bible devotion and hip-hop music production session I did live Sunday afternoon for more on this. Pastor Fury Youtube

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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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