Our Greatest Enemy for Creative Living
So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? -Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic
We need courage. Not time, money, opportunity, or talent... but courage. Could we say fear is the opposite of courage?
Weekly I run into people with great ideas. They want to write a book, start a blog, create a ministry, or build a side business. I ask: so how is it going? Often a blank stare, coughing, and change of subject. Well... I... ugh... am really busy right now... I'll start the thing next year.
What we need for sharing our art, message, or thing, with the world... is courage more than anything. You'll never have enough money, time, or breaks in the busy.
Do you have the courage?
I find it fascinating the most common command of the Bible is related to fear. Over 1000 times it says something like: "Do not fear... take courage... Fear not... I am with you."
God knows we have courage problems. Trust issues. Paralyzing fears. Fear of trusting God. Fear of being known. Fear of being honest. Fear of sharing your work and art.
And the nastiness of fear is it never goes away. The moment we share that message, publish the book, or have the conversation... fear taps us on the shoulder, winks, and gives an evil grin.
But, fear is not all bad. A warning sign for avoiding danger. Or, confirmation what we are doing matters, right and good, important, and needed in the world.
Courage will be required to hold hands with fear. Both need each other at times. But, when push comes to shove, fear gets kicked to the curb, so courage can hold the trophy.
You need courage to bring forth treasures in the world... just know fear will be waiting to steal them away.
Where do you need courage today?