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Stepping Stones

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Creative Doing

Are you creative?

Creative individuals have a great deal of physical energy AND rest often. Their energy is self-controlled. Not ruled by a calendar. Energetic BUT demonstrating restraint when appropriate.

Lives characterized by playfulness AND discipline. Actively engaged with the world. BUT working tirelessly and persistently until “the work” is completed.

They are comfortable using both divergent AND convergent thinking in tandem. Conceptualizing novel, innovative ideas. BUT discarding the flawed ideas.

They are extroverts AND introverts. Mingling amongst a crowd. BUT standing on the sidelines observing others and the environment when necessary.

Proud AND humbled by their achievements. Knowing their accomplishments are great. BUT also knowing one’s accomplishments are not achieved single handedly or in isolation. Other individuals, luck or divine intervention also played a role.

Exhibiting both masculine AND feminine characteristics— androgynous.  Displaying strengths of their gender BUT also those of the opposite gender.

Conservatism AND rebellion play a role in their lives. Honoring the past accomplishments of others. BUT also challenging the traditions of the past when they conflict with a novel, innovative paradigm.

Passion AND objectiveness about their work. Passionately engaged in the creative process BUT objectively assessing their work. Discarding anything that does not meet their standards of excellence or lacks credibility.

Perhaps this is why so many creative individuals perceive themselves as misfits. The ambiguity of their lives is confusing and disconcerting.

But if you embrace this as normal, chains are broken. Freeing you to live a life where there are no impossibilities, only the undiscovered.

Make a careful exploration of who you are, and the work you have been given. Then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

Galatians 6:4-5

The Message

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A Love Letter

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Stop Asking Why

Many have suffered betrayal by loved ones. Making their trust a treasure not easily shared with others, including Papa.

So they remain a foreigner in His Kingdom.

Barred from unlimited access to His promises.

Deprived of a life of excellence and influence.

Trusting Papa increases your spiritual acuity. Giving you deeper insight into His character. Which makes it easier to unconditionally trust Him as a god of…

Excellence.

Relationship.

Holiness.

Papa holds disciples of Christ to a higher standard than nonbelievers. Treasuring His gift of salvation by living a life of personal and spiritual excellence.

Conform to the image of Christ.

Refuse to settle for spiritual mediocrity— status quo, anemic Christianity. Be determined to make a difference in BOTH the earthly and supernatural realms.

Constantly pursue an authentic, intimate relationship with the Trinity.

Love your heavenly Father. Whose children are so precious to Him that eternity without them was never an option.

Love Jesus. The God-man who endured unspeakable horror. So you and I could have what is His in heaven.

Love the Holy Spirit whose holy fire purifies and strengthens. Miraculously transforming a heart of stone into a heart of flesh. Beating in unison with Papa’s.

Obey Papa’s righteousness— His code of conduct.

It is Papa’s holiness, spiritual perfection that authenticates His sovereignty and trustworthiness. Guaranteeing His faithfulness.

To trust Papa you must…

Deny the desires of your flesh.

Say goodbye to YOUR dreams.

Be obedient. Even when your rational mind is screaming, “This is stupid! Illogical!”

Ignore the advice of others when it conflicts with what Papa has asked you to do.

By trusting Papa you are extending an open invitation to the Creator of the universe. One He promises to RSVP with an enthusiastic YES!

Transforming your life into one of legacy and joy.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

 Proverbs 3:5-6

New American Standard

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