We all know I like to read, right? And we also all know the radio blares in my car whenever I’m driving, right? Recently, my local Christian station picked up Brant Hansen’s radio show. It was a day or so after the New Year and Brant and Sherri were discussing their itch to get back to work and create.
Brant or Sherri (I can’t remember who now) said something like, “I think a lot of people just can’t wait to get back to work after the holidays. I feel like I just need to get back to creating.”
I know, you’re thinking it, too.
Maybe your job, whatever that is, is not what you’d describe as a job that lets your creative juices run wild.
Friend, I admit, I absolutely thought the same thing. I’m definitely not spending my work hours painting or creating masterpieces. Faaaar from that. But, after listening to the two of them chat some more and after listening to Brant defend his position, I changed my mind. He said something like, “Even if you just stock shelves at your job, you’re creating value for someone else. You’re essentially helping someone else.” (Completely paraphrasing here, y’all.)
Wouldn’t you know it? The same week I hear that conversation on the radio, I was also reading a Bible plan in the YouVersion app that talked all about being creative.
C.S. Lewis and The Call to Create
This particular plan was called C.S Lewis and The Call to Create. It basically discussed how C.S. Lewis let God use him in every aspect of his life– even his writings– and it encouraged the reader to let God do the same in his or her own life.
If you didn’t know, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe parallels Christianity. You know how Aslan lays down his life in sacrifice? Sounds pretty familiar, right? Yep, Jesus Christ did the same for us– for you and for me.
On the second day of the reading plan, the writer says, “Like Lewis, the gospel frees us to create for the pure joy of creating, not seeking fortune or fame, but the fame of the One who has called us to create.”
Now, friend, before you point it out, C.S. Lewis was a creative writer. The man had creativity shooting out his fingertips and out his toes. But, think about what the writer of C.S. Lewis and the Call to Create said in relation to what Brant and Sherri were discussing on the radio.
“Like Lewis, the gospel frees us to create for the pure joy of creating, not seeking fortune or fame, but the fame of the One who has called us to create.”
“Even if you just stock shelves at your job, you’re creating value for someone else. You’re essentially helping someone else.”
Create With Purpose
Whatever your job is, you have the opportunity to create.
If you’re a janitor, you have the opportunity to create clean spaces and a healthy environment for someone that may need to take refuge in that space.
Are you a waitress or work in the service industry? You have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day with a smile or a kind word.
Maybe you’re a nurse or you work in the medical field. You have the opportunity to show compassion and create a heart-to-heart connection.
How, you ask? And why?
Colossians 3:23-24 tells us, And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Friend, when you remember Who you serve and why, you’re free to joyfully create and do the things the Lord has called you to do.
Joy is contagious. It radiates like the sun, draws others in, and invites them to consider a heart change. True joy is found only in Jesus Christ.
Create everyday moments to share true joy with others, friend. You never know who may need it.