Creatives – The Greatest Challenge

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Today’s post is brought to you via Pete Wilson’s blog. Pete is a pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville.

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“C.S. Lewis nails the greatest fear I have for my ministry in the following quote.

Every poet and musician, but for Grace, is drawn away from love of the thing he tells, to love of the telling till, down in Deep Hell, they cannot be interested in God at all but only in what they say about Him. For it doesn’t stop… you know. They sink lower – become interested in their own personalities and then in nothing but their own reputations.

How scary is that? And it’s not that far fetched if you’re honest with yourself.

It’s very easy when you sing to fall in love with your music.

It’s very easy when you preach to fall in love with your presentation.

It’s very easy when you write to fall in love with your words.

Oh, how I pray I’ll never fall more in love with what I say about God than God himself.”

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This is so incredibly challenging.  I’ve read it over and over and still it gets me – especially the first part. It’s so easy to focus more on ‘the telling’ than the thing that we are actually ‘telling of.’

If you’re a blogger or a writer or an artist or musican, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to get it done just for the sake of it (i.e. a blog post, book, painting, song) and in the process, we can lose the power and passion behind what we do.

How do we creative people avoid this? Any ideas?

Should there be a balance between productivity and creativity?

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