Have you ever had a moment where you were given the perfect message at the perfect time for the current stage of your life? Now, I imagine that before you even finished reading the question, you already formulated the answer:
“Well, of course! God’s word always gives me exactly what I need whenever I read it.”
Yes, that is true. Whenever we read the Bible with an open heart to hear God speak, we will always been given exactly what we need from the Holy Spirit to lead us through the various stages in life, but what I’m actually asking is: have you ever had the perfect message given to you at the perfect time from a source besides the Bible?
Recently, I’ve had a real message penetrate my heart from a very unlikely source: a fortune cookie. When most of us think of fortune cookies, we think of cute “good luck” sayings that we read, mentally digest and forget about soon enough. Yet, I found a fortune cookie fortune that will be sticking around for a long, long time.
“Be brave enough to live creatively.”
These are the words that I read from the crumbles of a table top fortune cookie and they instantly reached to the root of my heart. I love creating. I love the process of brainstorming ideas, crafting a draft and going through the process of perfecting my art. Yet, I must ask myself: am I brave enough to LIVE creatively?
In order to fully understand the message from the fortune cookie, I need to consider the meaning of the fortune. What does it mean to live creatively? Also, in the process of living creatively, how would my life change? Lastly, what result would I expect to experience while living creatively?
Well, let’s take this one thought at a time.
While I’m contemplating these questions, I am left with a choice: am I going to take this live creatively challenge? Yes! I realize that I need a change. I need God’s best for my life and I am unable to achieve this goal without guidance and wisdom from God. As I look through my favorite men and women from the Bible, I see a pattern: they all place their trust in the LORD and they choose to live creatively, meaning, they are willing to take risks to enhance their lives and their faith.
The truth is, Jesus wants us to live the best life that we can and in most ways that doesn’t allow us to live in a safety bubble. We need to be creative in the way we live. In the right times and in the right moments, we need to take risks to enhance our lives and more importantly to enhance the reach of the Gospel.
In John 10:10, Jesus speaks, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
In all honesty, fear is a tool of the enemy and through that fear; the enemy steals our potential and our strength. When we lose our potential, we submit to a zombie-like existence that destroys our creativity and our passion, leaving dead inside. Yet, Jesus came to us to give us life and through our passion and creative lifestyle; we are able to achieve an abundant lifestyle that enhances the Gospel of Christ.
Now is the time to live creatively. Now is the time to live passionately. I will live to love Christ and I will use my gifts and talents to reach my audience with the Gospel. I am going to use my writing talents to exalt the LORD that has freed my life of sin and brokenness.
Here are the steps I take to achieve this goal:
Now is the time to follow the LORD. Now it’s time to live creatively. Let the journey begin.
Anthony K. Giesick
Actions are taken everyday that help make this world better and I just want to share them with you.