New, Part 2

Can new become a roadblock to now?

Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD!

Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised! Psalm 113:1-3

The imperative is clear. We are to be a people who praise and who praise continually.

What is less clear, perhaps, is how we go about that.

As followers of Christ each of us is to take the emphasis off of ourselves and to place it on God. I also believe that each of us have some primary ways in which we go about this that go beyond the generalities of worship and drill into the essence of God himself. I believe that each of us have ways in which we uniquely and profoundly express the nature of God and when we regularly worship through these gifts we are at our best…the Church is at its best.

As a person engaged in the arts I am uniquely gifted and positioned to express the creative nature of God, and I believe I also have a sobering responsibility to practice those gifts, to intentionally, regularly and proactively worship through creativity.

But I often fail to worship this way. I often fail to do the work of developing ideas and making ideas happen.

And why?

There a number of reasons why I fail to respond in worship by exercising my creativity. So many reasons. Too many to name here, and (more than likely) too many to know. But I do know that one thing holding me back is the “pressure of the new.”

I never want my creative output to be staid or rote or expected. I want it to be fresh.

But some (read: many) of my ideas are decidedly less than fresh.

Sometimes, in the pursuit of something new, I fall silent for long stretches of time during which I fail to remember…

It’s not about being clever. It’s not about a new angle. It’s not about a new idea. It’s not about me.

I’m learning that the imperative of continual obedience in worship now must outweigh my personal imperative for something new.