Friday, September 30, 2011

Creative Energy - Being Spent In the Right Places?

We are such creative human beings.

We can come up with the most amazing ideas. We decorate rooms, hotels, and theme parks with flair and stunning beauty. We create electronic devices that no mind would have imagined 100 years ago. We solve complex problems. We stop diseases in their tracks.  We write moving stories and create emotional movies to go along with them.

Our brains – they are powerful. They are intricate.  They are full of ideas.

Sometimes I just wonder if we don’t put our energy into the wrong things.

We spend hours and hours organizing a drawer or closet – or playing a computer game. We get intricate creating a scrapbook of memory, placing stickers and cardstock just “so.” We painstakingly plan out a garden or embellishing the perfect dessert for company.

I don’t think any of those things are wrong. Some of them are good for our soul. To give us time to think, breathe, and renew. Some of them are gifts that God has given us to minister to others in His name.

What I wonder is – where do we put our time and energy? Is it in the “thing” or is it in the Lord? Where does our passion lie?

Just think what we could accomplish if we put our creative minds and hands to work for God? What if we spent our energy on His people instead of on hobbies and time-wasters? Better yet – what if we used our hobbies to better His people?

Sometimes I think we let certain joys in life grow to become idols. They become too big in our hearts. We put too much time and energy into them.  Those things may not be harmful in and of themselves – decorating is a beautiful thing. Traveling is lots of fun. Sports are great. But they grow into larger-than-life passions in our lives shadowing over anything  and everything else.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:11-13

We do live in a very diverse world. God gave us our creative minds for a reason. We have the right to enjoy where we live and the time we’ve been given….as long as we aren’t mastered by them. As long as we don’t put our energy into those “things” instead of the ONE who gave us those things to enjoy in the first place.

Sometimes it’s important for us to be able to step away from the very things we are putting all of our time into – whatever they are. The  harder it is to break away; the more important it becomes for us to realize we need to re-prioritize where that thing places in our life.

We are blessed people to have been gifted with such creativity, passion, dreams, and talents. We just need to take stock once in awhile in whether our energies are driven in the right place.

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