Book Quote (12/15/12)

The second chapter in Stephen Altrogge’s Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff is a discussion about how fear keeps us from creating.

Most of us have an image of ourselves. We see ourselves as productive, creative, good idea people. We like to tend that image and keep it in pristine condition. (Kindle location 162/724)

Altrogge writes about how our fear keeps us from wanting to tarnish that image we have of ourselves.

We let our fear of what others think of us keep us from doing God-honoring creative projects. We let our pride and our so called self-image keep us from using our God-given talents and abilities. We care more about bringing honor to ourselves than bringing honor to God. (Kindle location 169/724)

More from Altrogge in that same chapter:

Whose approval matters most to us: the approval of others or the approval of God? This really is a crucial question. If we’re constantly dependent on the approval of other people we’ll always be afraid of failure. (Kindle location 179/724)

Our identity is rooted in Christ. This is what separates Christian creatives from non-Christian creatives. Our identity is not rooted in what we create it’s rooted in Christ. Our identity is wrapped up in the One who created us, not the things that we create. (Kindle location 193/724)

So quit letting fear hold you back from getting started. Yes you might fail. Yes, your highly polished image might get a few dents and scratches. You might not be quite the artist or analyst or songwriter or gardener that you thought. But that’s okay. You’re in Christ, and as long as you’re in Christ you are secure. (Kindle location 203/724)

I don’t know how regular this feature will be, but I thought I’d share some quotes from the books I’m reading. I present these with the understanding that I do not necessarily endorse all of an author’s positions in this particular book or in his/her writing in general. These are quotes which I found interesting, provocative, well-written, or worthy of sharing in some other way.

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