In a social media age where everything is Google analyzed, Facebook liked and Twitter followed, how can we find rest in creativity?
I recently created a Facebook page as a virtual lounge for friends of the blog to hang out offline. It’s a great way to share photos, encouraging links and spontaneous updates, because each person has control over the time and place to view and enjoy them.
What I didn’t expect was a weekly report. I received an email containing numbers on the performance of my Facebook page: number of visits and updates posted.
Everywhere we digitally turn, technology offers us stats and graphs. Social media tools are used to effectively grow influence. This works well in business, where the goal is converting leads to customers. Not in expressions of faith.
When the goal of creating is to influence, we lose the experience of creative rest.
Creativity as God designed it transports us from a place of stress to a place of soul rest.
We enter that place of creative rest to deepen our walk with God.
Creativity is an act of faith, trusting that God is at work in us.
Blogging: A Creative Exploration
As a writer and blogger, I receive emails from friends who are interested in starting a blog. Blogging is one of the most exciting and collective-Edison inventions of our century. As of today, there are over 157 million public blogs in existence with 27,000 blogs created in the past 24 hours of me writing this post.
If you were to Google the word “blogging”, one of the top links offers tips to make money blogging. But blogging is not just for those who run a business. Blogging is a powerful creative outlet that can connect you with others who share a passion for the same things you value.
Because many creative interests are merging with blogging (photography, art, music, crafts and other hobbies), I wanted to share a primary difference between blogging for faith versus blogging for money or notoriety.
Blogging (Or Engaging In Any Creative Activity) For Faith
We all engage in creative activities — like blogging — in order to find our voice and to connect with each other. This is the thrill of finding something you love doing that God gives as a gift. For the writerly or book lover types, we love words. There’s something in us that finds release, recreation and rest when we blog. And we can’t get enough of it. It’s a blessing.
But this blogosphere is dressed to the nines with tips on generating traffic, comments, subscribers… the list goes on and on. The focus is on the numbers.
Whenever we start talking about numbers, my soul guard goes up.
Numbers can never inspire us. Numbers should not define or control us. Especially if we are blogging for faith.
If numbers cause you to feel discouraged, I’d like encourage you with some numbers that Jesus — the most important Author who has written the best seller on faith — worked with:
1 woman in Samaria,
3 with him in Gethsamane,
2 thieves, and
2 women when he first resurrected.
You might ask, “What about the crowds? The thousands he fed?” I say look at the one boy’s small lunch He gave thanks for and blessed.
Jesus is focused on each of us, as individuals, one at a time.
When He sees our words (and your creative endeavors) drafted in our corners, He values them as priceless treasures.
Jesus never looked at numbers, but kept His gaze on one person and one goal: His Father’s pleasure.
Just like the crowds coming and going, traffic can dwindle and even disperse. This does not deter us.
We recreate, we blog for a higher purpose. That purpose is resting in God’s pleasure, because we are His children — the ones who walk, sleep, and breathe with our proverbial pens.
“For the one who has entered His rest
has himself also rested from his works,
as God did from His.”
~ Hebrews 4:10
What creative activities bring you to a place of rest?
*We’re in an ongoing series in March — Whitespace: Restoring Rest. Check out our topic for today and next week’s!
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