Yesterday, during a debrief at work, we were talking through various claims the group had handled, when someone mentioned a rental dwelling policy. A claim had been filed by the landlord for tenant damages, including a toilet the tenant had painted. Upon hearing this, two thoughts ran through my mind simultaneously. The first was “Don’t say anything,” because of course, everyone else on the call was properly (and justifiably) horrified. The second, was, “Hmm, I haven’t painted a toilet yet.”
Truth be told, it’s one of the only things I haven’t painted, stained, or waxed around here. I went through a phase where I attacked everything from furniture and cabinets, to picture frames (along with the pictures inside), to lamp shades, to candles, to light switch covers, to sinks, to the refrigerator. It really was ridiculous, and got to the point where Buddy and Garrett would jokingly say they were going to lock the vehicles away.
Eventually, the busyness of life curtailed my, ahem, creative endeavors. Someday, I’m sure the pull of another project will draw me to the cabinet in the garage where all of the goodies lie. In the meantime, the faux finishes, paintbrushes, sponges, and rags are safely stowed away. Looking back on that time now, I see how I’d become almost obsessed with painting everything in sight. With a need to be creative.
This has been on my mind lately in terms of blogging. Creativity isn’t a bad thing, by any means. In fact, God, who is the ultimate creator, has placed this same desire within us. Where it becomes an issue is when our creativity interferes with the Creator.
Recently, the same obsessive need I felt with painting has resurfaced with blogging. Yes, blogging is a way of pointing back to Jesus. Yes, it’s a form of worship. Indeed, many times I’m writing with tears on my cheeks, as I contemplate the awesomeness of God.
But in some pivotal ways, the need to create has gotten in the way of time spent with the creator Himself. It saddens me to realize that I’ve found myself spending more time writing than I have on my knees. Thus, I’m going to really try and give it a rest.
My intent isn’t to stop blogging entirely, but rather to aim for one or two thoughtful posts per week. And so, if you don’t see me around as much, know that I’m still here. I’m just giving it a rest for a day or two, while I plug in with the One from whom all creativity flows. See you soon! 🤍
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