Creativity Is A Choice

May 11, 2015

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So many people think that creativity is only for the inspired.

If you’re gifted enough, or lucky enough, you can write or paint or play. This is not true. Everybody is creative in some way – we are all being creative every day of our lives, because every day we are making something. We are either creating by choice or by default. 

I’ve been writing songs for a new album lately.  I have to choose to sit patiently at the piano, wrestling with words and melodies until they start to make sense. I have to choose to write, even though I might be tired or feeling uninspired. 

Maybe you’re not writing songs, but you are creating something: a home, a marriage, a career, an atmosphere. Never surrender those things to chance. Choose to create something that you want to see today. Don’t wait until you feel inspired or lucky. Don’t accept the default. Be your creative, brilliant best, and the rest will follow.

Shadows

March 20, 2015

Shadows have no power. They are simply an effect of light. Today parts of Europe were plunged into complete darkness because of the solar eclipse. Here in England we had about a 95% eclipse. The Moon came between the Earth and the Sun and created a huge shadow. The Sun seemed to disappear, but it hadn’t actually gone anywhere. It was just obscured for a while.

Sometimes something crosses the pathway of our lives that casts a huge shadow over us. A problem, a difficulty, a feeling, a need that seems so huge that it blocks out all the light. But the light (The Light) hasn’t gone anywhere.

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February Update

February 28, 2015

Humans are born with a gift.

The ability to create.

Today there’s nothing more than some tubes of paint, a few brushes and a blank canvas. Tomorrow there’s a picture. Today there’s nothing coming from the piano. Tomorrow there’s a song. Today there’s nothing in the spare room. Tomorrow it’s a nursery.

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Stop Striving

February 6, 2015

It can be relentless, can’t it?

The daily grind, paying the bills, moving forward, keeping your ‘chin up’.

The joy and wonder of life can dissolve into a murky puddle of unending effort; the kind of effort that leaves you drained and running on empty. I’ve discovered in others and in myself a curious thing; the harder life becomes, the harder I strain to make it all work. In other words, I strive.

We strive when we fall for the idea that it is all up to us. If life is going to work, if my children are going to behave, if my finances are going to last long enough, if my ministry is going to be fruitful, then it’s up to me to make it so. The world (as I experience it) is depending on me to be super-human and to keep it spinning.

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A lot of people spend their lives waiting for something to happen. Waiting for their numbers to come up, waiting for their ship to come in, waiting for an opportunity to arise. There’s nothing wrong with waiting per se. In fact, many people in the scriptures went through seasons of waiting. Waiting can be good, even necessary at times.

However, not all waiting is good…

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