Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Moving Beyond Safe

 We're getting ready to launch this season's first edition of One Old Dawg tomorrow. If you haven't already, please consider visiting the site and signing up to receive it by email. You don't want to miss any of One Old Dawg's mostly true Bulldog lore.
Also, I'm writing for the Upper Room Magazine again on September 7th. I'll also be posting on their blog, as well. I'll have links here along with an amazing detail related to the publication of the piece.
Since we've been focused on getting One Old Dawg up and running, I reached into the archives today. I needed to read this post today, and I hope it inspires you as well.

The first few words of Genesis are, “In the beginning, God created . . .”

We are created in the image of our creator.

Therefore, we create.

Sometimes, when we find ourselves sagging, when we need fresh strength, it’s because we’ve shelved originality in favor of something more safe and predictable—something routine.

My friend, Dolly, sent me a few quotes from a book she’s reading, one I hope to read soon, Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration  by Ed Catmull:

“Originality is fragile and in its first moments, it is often far from pretty. . . awkward and unformed, vulnerable and incomplete. It needs nurturing in time and patience in order to grow.”

“You'll never stumble upon the unexpected if you stick only to the familiar.”

“Don't make ‘safe choices’ in creativity, even if you must in banking, airplanes.”

Today, friends, make some creative choices that take you beyond the mundane, that move you beyond the predictable. Maybe you'll create a new recipe, tool a belt, bead earrings, paint a picture, design a room, or craft a bench.  "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord . . . " (Colossians 3:23).

I made a new blog banner over the weekend. I don’t know if it moves beyond the predictable or not, but it does include that bluebird sketch I did a while back.
I love that painting, and having it in the banner reminds me to press into originality.

Former Disney imaginer, McNair Wilson says, “We should put something into the world every day that wasn’t there before.”

Right there with you friends as we attempt something new and different today for God’s glory.

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