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Creating Family Space

Creating Family Space

Joyous shouts.
Brisk wind blowing in the 70-degree air.

Smiles and a pair of spinning wheels attached to a long pair of handlebars. This is the scene on this Wednesday evening, the day prior to my birthday, sitting outside while my son, Matteo enjoys his scooter. It’s the simple beauty of moments like this that I don’t stop and absorb enough.
I spend so much time and energy being a content creator of all kinds. I create podcasts, blogs, websites, films, and songs. But what I feel like God has been calling me to this year is not content creation as much as creating space.

The understanding of creating space has always been something that I’ve struggled with. Because where I see space, it’s something that I just fill up with other things that help me move the ball further down the field. Usually, when I think about creating space, I’m thinking about giving myself margin, allowing space to rest, just like you leave space on the edges of a piece of paper as you’re writing. That is the same thing that God encourages us to do with our lives – create space on the edges and not live everything up to that line.
But even more than that, this year God’s made it clear that I need to create space not just for rest but space for family. Now I have a certain amount of time set aside in my calendar to make sure that I am present with my family. But the truth is, even in those times that I’m present, there’s still so much of my mind that isn’t present. That is off mentally creating, doing the next project in my head, thinking about the next blog, thinking about the next podcast episode.

I was watching something this past week about Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns and the way that he’s been trying to prepare, I think, to start the season. And they said something that I had not thought about. One of the reporters reflected on being impressed about the way Deshaun is taking mental reps with the first team. That means that he’s not out there throwing passes and getting actual practice going, but he’s thinking through the process as they’re doing this whole simulated play.
And that makes me think, while I’m getting time, creating space for my family, how much of that time am I spending taking mental reps for the other things that I know I want to accomplish? While I’m sitting here with my son, even right now, I’m recording this blog. While I sit on the couch and watch a show with my daughter, sometimes I’ll be thinking through the next episode, taking mental reps of what I’ll record next.

I don’t think that I’m alone in this issue, especially amongst fellow Christian creatives. When you marry purpose with creativity, it oftentimes feels like a constant barrage of creative thoughts moving things forward towards that purpose. That’s the chaos that I often recognize in my mind, which is crying out for God to bring order.
And this, I believe, is a part of how God is wanting to bring order in mine and in your mind. Through creating space, not just physically, but mentally.

Are you giving your mind space to rest, space to engage truly and intentionally with those that you care about? Space to focus on your relationship with God? Don’t just go through the motions. Don’t just sit in the room. Don’t just do the thing, but ensure you create mental and physical space to do and be all that God’s called you to be today.

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Are You Putting Your God-Given Creative Ideas Into Action?

Are You Putting Your God-Given Creative Ideas Into Action?

Yesterday, on a walk around the block after a long day, I was mentally preparing for another creative session on my documentary passion project. I began to reminisce about my early days volunteering in children’s ministry.

Back then, I would often miss the Sunday sermon because I was serving during that time. My only way to catch the message was through the church’s podcast. However, the podcast upload was frequently delayed, leaving me behind and disconnected from the week’s teaching.

Frustrated, I approached the pastor one day and asked, “What’s the deal with the podcast? I serve in the kids’ ministry, and it’s often not uploaded on time. I’m missing out.” His response was brilliant and has stuck with me ever since.

With a thoughtful nod, he replied, “Huh, well, I mean, would you want to help with that? Is that something you think you could help make happen?”

In that moment, the pastor didn’t make excuses or promises. Instead, he recognized the creative mindset God had blessed me with and empowered me to be part of the solution. Honestly, it probably had more to do with his wisdom in understanding that a complaint is simply someone recognizing a problem, which puts them at the front of the line to be a part of a solution.

You see, far too often, we voice our ideas and concerns to authority figures, hoping they’ll implement the changes we desire. But the truth is, when God burdens your heart with an idea or a creative vision, He’s likely also commanding your hands to bring it to life.

As Christian creatives, we’re called not just to conceive ideas but to nurture them, shape them, and ultimately birth them into reality through hard work and perseverance. Our creative minds are gifts from God, meant to be exercised and put into action for His glory.

So, if you find yourself frustrated by a lack of creative opportunities or missing elements in your church, community, or sphere of influence, don’t just voice your concerns – roll up your sleeves and get to work. Volunteer your time and talents, collaborate with like-minded individuals, and take the initiative to turn your God-given ideas into tangible solutions.

Remember, when God plants a creative seed in your heart, He’s not often expecting someone else to water and cultivate it until it’s a tree of life offering shade to the world. He’s often calling you, His creative child, to nurture that seed with your own hands, watch it grow, and bear fruit that will bless and inspire others.

As I continue editing my documentary, a project born from a burden on my heart, I’m reminded of the power we possess as Christian creatives. We’re not just dreamers; we’re doers, empowered by the Creator Himself to shape the world around us through our unique gifts and visions.

So, what God-given idea is stirring in your soul? Don’t wait for someone else to bring it to life. Embrace the reality that if God put the burden on your heart, he likely has placed the command on your hands. So get to work, and watch as your obedience and creativity collide to birth something beautiful for the Kingdom.

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