At the beginning of each year, our church has a time of Prayer and Fasting. This year, my fast was concentrated on time. I asked myself, When are the moments in the day that I can get more of God?
A key moment I identified was my time in the car, whether driving from Conway to Little Rock or just from house to the church. My time in the car is normally filled with phone calls and music; but instead, I decided that I would reserve that time and dedicate it to the Lord.
As I drove to work each morning, I prayed over my schedule for the day. I took each meeting and project to the Lord and asked for His Spirit to cover me. I prayed over each team member, by name, who was involved in those meetings and projects. I asked for the Holy Spirit to speak to our team, bringing unity and His presence into each conversation.
I found that particular week to be one of ease, where I could flow in the continual rhythm of God’s grace. Let’s be honest…our schedules are not going to let up. There will always be a rush and urgency. But our responsibility is to find those moments where we release our time to God and bring the works of our hands to Him.
This is one way that we are compelled by the Spirit. As a creative, you have to be in a place of submission to the Lord, because your gifting is not for your glory. Your projects and talent are not your own. He gives the vision and then empowers you to produce a quality product for His name and kingdom.
I encourage you to take what is in your hands, your schedule for the week, your team that works alongside you, and pray — specifically and intentionally — over each one. Find His rhythm of grace for you. He’ll never disappoint.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Romans 12:1 & 2
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28–30