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Why Start a Podcast? Uncovering Your Driving Force

Why Start a Podcast? Uncovering Your Driving Force

I love podcasts – listening, watching, and creating them. It’s no surprise if you recognize my enthusiasm for communication in general. However, I understand that not everyone shares the same excitement. Nevertheless, as Christ-centered creatives, we all share a common need: finding effective ways to communicate the message the Lord has called us to share with the world. Whether through visual arts, music, or verbal expression via video or audio, podcasting can be a powerful tool.

Over the next few blog posts, I’ll explore some important considerations when creating a successful podcast. Just this morning, I had an great conversation with a brother in christ who felt a strong stirring to communicate a specific message through podcasting. His clarity of purpose left me inspired as he conceived his podcast idea.

Let’s begin with the most fundamental step: Start with your “why.”

Simon Sinek, a renowned author, popularized this concept of identifying your driving force.

When challenges arise, confusion sets in, or motivation wanes, revisiting your “why” will help you regain focus, steady your footing, and propel you forward.

Identifying your “why” is truly the cornerstone of your podcast. Why do you want to start this podcast in the first place? Why not choose a different format, create visual art, or start a blog? What’s the purpose of your podcast? What core message or theme are you trying to convey? What is the driving force behind your desire to share this message? Are you aiming for faith-based discussions, interviews with Christian creatives (like my upcoming Ordered Chaos Club podcast), sharing sermons, delving into Bible studies, or simply having heartfelt conversations with friends?  Is it to inspire, uplift others, or communicate something specific? Is it to promote your business? To disseminate information on a topic?

 Whatever your “why” is, it will help you uncover the core message or theme you’re truly about. This clarity of purpose will sustain you. Clearly defining your purpose will help you stay focused and consistent with your content. Trust me, as you progress in your podcast journey, you’ll face temptations to quit. Around episodes seven or eight, you might start questioning, “Is this working? It’s not as fun as I thought. Why am I doing this?” That’s when you’ll need to revisit your “why.” If it’s truly important to you and you persevere, your “why” will resonate with your target audience, too. When your audience understands your “why,” they’ll keep returning for that very thing that resonates with them. (And we’ll discuss your audience in the tomorrow’s post.)

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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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Is Your Creativity a Wildfire or a Controlled Burn?

Is Your Creativity a Wildfire or a Controlled Burn?

I wonder what the practical value is in a Christian who lacks discernment. And at the same time, I wonder the practical value of a creative who lacks vision. Those may seem completely unrelated, but as we continue to move forward as members of both groups, there is a tie that binds them together. It is the Spirit of God. A creative needs vision. A Christian needs discernment. Christian creatives need vision from the Spirit of God.

“Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,
but blessed is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18 ESV

As we go and create, I can’t help but see this image of fire. The Spirit of God is often represented as fire in Scripture. A Christian who lacks discernment, a creative who lacks vision, both seem like a wildfire in the worst way. The destruction that can unintentionally result is terrifying. Wildfires are a real issue in many parts of our country and throughout the world. They can be uncontrolled, unplanned and spread rapidly, leaving destruction in their wake. As a chaotic creative, in the creative process, a wildfire could be unbridled creativity with no direction, no restraint, and can result in a chaotic output that doesn’t have any focus or purpose. Like a wildfire can devastate forests and communities, unchecked creativity can lead to wasted resources, missed opportunities, or even creating something harmful to oneself or others. Without discernment in life, creative endeavors may lack the clarity and wisdom needed to ensure they result in positive impact. The results could often not be in alignment with the creative’s values or goals.

But on the other hand, I believe the Christian with discernment, the creative that has vision from God is still tapping into that very same fire. But instead, it’s a controlled burn. I always thought that was interesting because growing up, I was someone who I will admit was a bit of a pyromaniac. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to the concept of the Spirit of God being a fire. But I always was fascinated by the fact that there were things called controlled burns. A controlled burn is intentional, deliberate, carefully planned, and a fire set under controlled conditions to achieve specific results like reducing wildfire risks, restoring ecosystems, and promoting new growth. In the same way, intentional creativity has purposeful direction and channels creative energy toward a specific vision or goal. Just like controlled burns rejuvenate forests, clearing out underbrush and promoting new growth, controlled creativity allows for the cultivation of ideas, the refinement of skills, and the realization of meaningful projects.

Through discernment, a Christian creative can identify ideas, projects, and collaborations that align with their calling and values. Creative vision provides the guiding light illuminating the path forward and inspiring innovation within the boundaries of faith and purpose. In essence, while both wildfires and controlled burns involve fire, the key difference lies in the intention and direction behind them. Similarly, in the realm of Christian creativity, discernment and creative vision serve as vital tools for channeling creative energy toward God-honoring endeavors that bear fruit and bring glory to him.

So let us not ignore the flames. Let us not run from the fire, but instead, let us seek God for discernment and creative vision as we look to Him to bring order to the chaos.

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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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When Will We Win the Race for More?

When Will We Win the Race for More?

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

I remember it was around this time of year in 2018 when I began to feel God pulling me toward something different.

The something different was not more. In fact, it was something less. At that point in my life, I had what I considered the dream job, working full-time at a church that I loved, doing compelling ministry in ways that brought out so many wonderful qualities and gifts. However, there was something else that I had not addressed. Personally and even culturally, there was a machine that was constantly grinding and driving us for more.

At first, I thought it was just the church. And then, years later, I would discover it was me as well. This discontentment, this chasing for the next mountain, the next level of impact and success, would be something that I am still wrestling with to this day.

Tonight, in our micro-church gathering called Beats, Bars, and Bible, we looked at Ecclesiastes chapter 2. And I was reminded yet again that the quest, the fruitless quest for more, is part of the broken human condition that began with the original sin.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had so many of the blessings that God had intended. He created a paradise for them. And yet, they were introduced to discontent, and they began to strive for more. Just one fruit more was the catalyst for this downward spiral that the human race has battled with ever since.

As creatives, I wonder the impact that this quest, this chase for more, can have. We must be careful that even the next creative idea doesn’t simply become another example of us simply chasing more.

So it sounds like things are hopeless. It sounds like this is just who we are. Except Solomon also lets us know the answer as well as the problem. It is chasing God that is the only fulfilling pursuit. In our chasing of God, He will again and again fill us up, strengthen us, hold us close, and walk us to the next thing that He wants us to accomplish.

But if we simply go chasing accomplishment, chasing impact, chasing pursuit after pursuit in this machine of more and more and more, we end up grinding up the spirit on the altar of our flesh. So, in the same way that God challenged me tonight and that God has challenged me over the past few years, let us now stop and reflect on our current pursuits.

Wherein are our pursuits not with God? If God is not accompanying you on this pursuit, it is one that He would be calling you to abandon. First and foremost, let us pursue the Father by way of the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit, and then let Him accompany us in whatever journey He would have us take, using our creative endeavors to bring Him glory.

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