There are times in my life where I have found things have become a bit stale and mundane. I have seen it in my own life, in my team, my family, and even in our society. Even good things become tiresome. Right now in this season, you might be in a place where the routine or craziness has become a little tiresome – the novelty of logging in online to meet with friends or join church may seem to be wearing off and your whits may even be wearing a little thin.
But I have found that there is one fail-safe way for me to get out of that repetitive rhythm – to snap out of the monotony of moments: GENEROSITY.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 NLV
If ever you want to hit the reset button on your life, this is a very clear way! The word ‘refresh’ in Hebrew means to drink to one’s fill. And that might not hold much weight in our context, but Israel is a dry, dusty land. Water was always associated with replenishing, quenching of thirst, and strengthening for the road ahead. I know that there are some scary realities people are facing in this season, but I want to encourage you not to let the insecurity of the future steal your ability to be generous with your time, your words, your gift, or your revelation of Jesus. More than ever, this world needs generous people!
But what has this got to do with creativity? You might ask. Well, I would argue that it has everything to do with your creativity.
1. There is no task more fulfilling than the act of creative generosity.
Not only are you able to fully embrace and use the natural skill you have honed, but you also get to truly impact someone else’s life. I love that we as a team have outworked this for over a decade as a church. We have brought our gifts generously to the platform, to the foyers, to the showcases, and to the screen and we have seen thousands upon thousands be impacted and refreshed with our generosity.
And can I encourage you – THAT HAS NOT CHANGED. Even in self-distancing, we are still called to be extravagantly creative in our generosity.
2. Creative generosity is now fundamental to the future of our community.
When the WHY stays the same and the HOW is demanded to change, our creativity is awakened with demanding and drastic effects. Now we inspire people to worship through blogs, videos, posts, and online platforms. We invite our neighbours to join in with us singing over the boundary wall. We send soundbites to those in need with worship specifically for their season, we sing hope and victory prophetically over the situation we face. As creatives, we are not called to just be good at what we do – we are called to take that skill and make it count in this world. Why not blow the roof off the comfort of what was and step into the realm of ‘what if’ – something that our Global Creative Pastor Cass Langton models so well!
3. Creative generosity is also great fun!
I think we could all do with a measure of fun in this season and it is up to us to do it. I am currently in isolation away from my girlfriend who is living alone in Stellenbosch. As much as I have thought of risking imprisonment to go see her, I have had to get creative in how we connect in the season. The highlight of the past three weeks was definitely the day I was able to organize the dropping off of a care package at her door. I had someone buy some things I knew she would enjoy and drop it off at her door. Not only was it exciting to call her and tell her to open the door, but it was also fun for the guy who I asked to go buy the items and deliver them. You might say it was just being romantic, but I would argue then that we should all get a bit more romantic with the world out there. Whether it’s thank you notes for the cashier at the till, a baked cake for your neighbour, a drawing for the essential worker on our Love on the Line platform or even I well-worded voice note to that friend you haven’t seen in a few years – I guarantee your joy levels will spike as you get creative in how you can give in this season!
Creativity is useless on its own. Its power lies in its application. And I know we have the greatest message of hope to bring to this world!
So why not get creative in this crisis and see how we can defy the distance in new, innovative, and fresh ways.
“It is always more blessed to give than to receive” I pray you’d be more blessed than ever before in this season!