The last chapter of Stephen Altrogge’s Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff is called “Share the Love.” I liked his emphasis in this chapter that our gifts are not just for ourselves.
Think strategically about how you can use your creative gifts to bless other people. (Kindle location 687/724)
My point is, don’t wait for other people to ask about your creative work. Actively share it with them. Quit caring so much about what people will think and focus instead on how you can bless people. Stop waiting for people to reach out to you and choose you. Reach out to others and share the gifts that God has given. (Kindle location 694/724)
If you have creative gifts, don’t be a gift hog! Don’t do art for the sake of art, or however that saying goes. Be creative for the glory of God and for the sake of others. Don’t get me wrong, being creative is personally rewarding. I’m not discounting that at all. But others need to benefit from your creative gifts as well. (Kindle location 703/724)
Sharing the gifts of God applies across the board, of course. But it is easy to see how it applies in the context of creating. I think the balance between self-promotion and sharing one’s gifts is a hard one to strike.
What about you? Have you had opportunity to share the gifts God has given you? Do you have thoughts on sharing one’s creative work and avoiding sinful self-promotion? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
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