Why We Create

On the website for the Flow Creative Arts Conference, I asked a number of questions:

Why do you create?

  • Because you have to?
  • Because you want to?
  • Because you’re paid to?
  • Because you were made to?

Of course, every person will answer that first question differently, but if we’re honest, we’ve all created for all of those reasons. Sometimes duty trumps desire. Sometimes we finish a project because we just want to finish that project. Sometimes we work long hours because that’s what’s expected in ministry, and not necessarily because it’s what God led us to do.

And that’s OK! That’s all part of what it means to be human. You can’t expect to always be driven by some super-spiritual focus.

But when you’re able to take a few moments and reflect on why you truly create experiences …

When you can separate the work you do under duress from the work you do out of delight …

When you can reconnect with the “why” that started you on a path toward full-time ministry …

How do you answer that question?

Why do you create?

Ultimately, I believe the reason we create is to reflect the character of our Creator God. We use the particular gifts, skills, and talents he’s granted us to point others toward him.

More specifically, and especially at Christmastime, we work so hard to create compelling, spiritual experiences for the people in our churches so that they might—even if just for a moment—forget their daily duties and delight in their Creator.

Something we’d be keen to do as well.

So, why do you create?