Creating in the Midst of Conflict, Busyness, and Difficulty

All of us face various difficulties, challenges, and obstacles that we have to navigate throughout the process of fulfilling our creative destiny.  

The world, with its many pressures, family life, jobs, personal struggles, and other outside pressures can take a toll on our desire to move forward to achieve our creative dreams.

Kingdom creators are real people with real problems and struggles in every sphere of life.

 

Resolve to Create in the Midst of Pressure and Life’s Daily Grind

A lot of us may complain that we don’t have the right setting, enough down time, or the perfect environment to create.  

The apostle Paul wrote four books of the New Testament (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon) under house arrest in Rome over the span of only 2 years.

Somehow, his passion to fulfill his mission enabled him to create when things were not easy in his life.

I’m reminded of the Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, who endured the invasion of the Nazis.  Even in the midst of so much suffering and death, he managed to compose three symphonies.  He then gathered what few ragged musicians that were left to perform the uplifting melodies to boost the spirits of his fellow suffering countrymen.

Then, there is C.S. Lewis.  After his wife’s untimely tragic death, he wrote a “Grief Observed”, about the pain and loss he experienced after she passed.  Rather than wait for an opportune time when he felt victory, he wrote from his struggle to understand God’s love at the worst time of his life.  

His book is one of the top choices for people who are dealing with the loss of loved ones because there is so much understanding and comfort in his vulnerability to share his process of grief.

Each of these people created in the midst of incredible pressure and opposition.

They had every reason to use excuses not to create.  

Instead, millions of people have benefited from what they created in the midst of these difficulties.

Let’s take a look at some practical steps we can take so that we can have this same resolve in our creative process.

 

Tell Yourself the Truth Daily

The truth never changes, but what we believe about the truth changes based upon our willingness to embrace the truth.

Proverbs 23:7 says that “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

You may not “feel” anointed or inspired to create, but the reality is that you have been created to create.  You have a creative destiny.

T.D. Jakes says that when you don’t “feel it” you have to “faith it” until you “make it”.

How many times did Moses have to “faith it”, as he stuttered before Pharaoh or the Israelites?  I’m sure he had to go back to the Burning Bush encounter, reminding himself over and over that he was a leader with a destiny.  I can imagine him saying over and over, “I am a leader…I am a leader…”

I’m sure Paul and Silas were not “feeling it” while locked up in prison, but they “faithed it” by singing praises to God until they “made it” to their breakthrough.

Remember, dreams come true first on the inside before they are realized for others to see.

I want to encourage you to declare over your self every day, “I am an author, musician, writer — creative.  I have a creative destiny.  I will change history.”  

Agree with how the Lord created you and one day your creative destiny will catch up with you.

 

Commit To Creating Daily

Many people do not create when life gets crazy because they have let circumstances dictate when they can or cannot create. 

Many people are waiting for their lives and circumstance to be perfect before they start pursuing their creative destiny.

Waiting for the right mood or environment before we begin to create is not a good plan in achieving our creative destiny.

The writer to the Hebrews encourages us to be consistent in our pursuit of our destiny saying, 

We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized (Hebrews 6:11).

Having a consistent approach to our creative process will help us achieve our creative dreams.

My sister-in-law’s brother received private letters from C.S. Lewis when he was young.  

In one of the letters, Lewis tells him that when he wrote the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, he thought that was all he would write for children.  

But in the course of his daily commitment to write, he wrote Prince Caspian, which he thought was his last, until he finally wrote the infamous, The Chronicles of Narnia, which has become a classic for both children and adults. 

If we want to fulfill our creative dreams, like Lewis, we need to exercise our creative muscles daily to reach our creative destiny.

Our consistent routine in creating will ensure us reaching our creative potential.

 

Get Empowered Daily

In times when we feel that we are at a creative impasse, or can’t find the strength to move forward in our creative destiny, it is imperative that we look to a power greater than ourselves to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

Luke 1:37 emphatically reminds us that, “With God, nothing is impossible.”

If we desire to do the impossible — change the world through our unique creative gifts, then we must be continually empowered by God.

We get empowered through His presence.

Spending quality time in God’s presence re-fuels us and propels us through the challenges preventing us from achieving our creative destiny.

Remember, struggles and daily obstacles will always attempt to block your path, but how you navigate through them will determine how successful you will be in moving forward towards your creative destiny.

I take comfort and feel empowered in the apostle Paul’s rhetorical question to the Romans, when he asks, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

When we rely upon God’s power to energize us, and are motivated to create daily, as we declare the truth over our lives, we will position ourselves to achieve our dreams, and ultimately our destiny.

I pray that this year will be the year for your breakthrough in creating things that will impact the world around you.

Remember, you are Born to Create!