We are having some rainy March days here in Lincoln, so yesterday I went to my favorite coffee shop The Harbor to drink coffee and write a story for my other blog –encounterswiththeancients.com
As I was writing yesterday, I thought about one of my core values for creative ministry. The Lord has blessed me to serve through writing, acting, and directing drama for my home church First Free Lincoln. I wrote my core values for the worship pastor mostly to make them concrete for me.
My first core value in creative ministry is to do it for an audience of one hopefully blessing others. What I mean by that is in the bible it is written in Colossians 3:17-“And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” So my focus should be on Jesus while serving others in any capacity because I want to glorify Jesus. If I seek to glorify me meaning doing it for recognition, then the recognition of others is my only reward. Also if I seek to glorify Jesus, it can be empowered by Jesus for his purposes. The tricky part is trusting Jesus for the results.
I enjoy writing. I love the creative process. When I was involved with secular drama in dinner theaters, the ultimate moment was the curtain call to come out for the applause and recognition of the audience. Many years ago, as part of a cast for a Good Friday/Easter drama at church, I shared that we should not have a curtain call because the whole point was for the drama to prepare people’s hearts for the gospel message to follow. My thought was and still is that a curtain call only serves to allow for the performers to come out for recognition and therefore our performance would not be anointed by the Lord for his purposes.
What does that have to do with writing in my blogs? My desire is to seek to do so for an audience of one- Jesus. My hope is that it blesses others. The results I need to trust to Jesus. If I write for the audience of one-Jesus, it will invite Jesus to use my writing for his purposes. I have to admit my ego would want different things, but when I think about what Jesus did for me, for us, then I come back to embracing Colossians 3:17.