by Christina Hubbard
“I can’t give any more.” This is what I think in the middle of every creative project, when excitement has waned and drive is sputtering. We’re two-thirds into 31 days, but I was done with it Oct. 15. I told myself:
“There’s nothing else in me.”
“What can I say that’s new and interesting?”
“I’m so tired.”
“I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.”
Sometimes we don’t know what we’ve got until we’ve spent it all. We’re bone dry, and suddenly, we realize there’s a new song welling up, one we didn’t know was there.
Beneath the layers of our insecurities lies a wealth of generosity waiting to gush forth: wisdom, experience, and stories. Pick up your tired hands, straighten your hunched shoulders, do a few jumping jacks to wake yourself up.
Set your hands to the keys, hand to the lens, whatever is before you. If you’re tired, make a piece for the weary soul. If you’re overwhelmed, write a love letter of relief to that you. As you long as you’re living, give what you’ve got. Then you will really be making something.
Love from a Fellow Creative
I know this discouragement like I know my own heartbeat, this fear that I’m not good enough to complete the creative task before me (or to do it perfectly). But God broke that cycle in my soul be showing me the truth I’d missed in a Scripture verse I knew by memory: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
Do you see it? If God has called you to your creative task, then you are doing His good work. That means—here’s the best news—the work is already done! God Himself, in His perfection, has prepared your good work in advance. The burden of performance is lifted off your shoulders and easily carried by Christ. You have the gift of simply being the storyteller, the documenter, the vehicle for the creative work God already prepared and chose you to communicate to the world. Don’t worry, He has prepared you for your part, too. All you have to do is walk in HIS good work.
—Jerusha Agen, novelist & fear fighter.
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. —Galatians 6:9-10 MSG