It is surrendering and praying, “God, I trust You to use this for Your glory.”
However, we have to be careful and constantly check our hearts to know that the vision or the idea came from the Lord and not someone else. When I first started my business and was creating necklaces and headbands, I admit to looking to what others were doing and trying to recreate it. I would scroll through Etsy and thinking to myself -- I could make that. There are two problems that present themselves here. 1. The idea wasn’t original. 2. I wasn’t creating something that came from the Lord.
"TRUSTING GOD TO WATER BIG DREAMS REQUIRES TRUST AND HUMILITY. LEAVING THE SEED IN THE GROUND AND LETTING IT GROW IS HUMBLING, BUT IT IS NECESSARY."
When we create by copying others, we rob our sisters in Christ of an amazing work of God as well as ourselves.God is an original God. He is the Creator of creativity. We must look constantly to Him for ideas, creativity, and ask what He has called us to do. In the business of creating for God’s glory, the lines can get blurry at this step. Last year my friend Val wrote an incredible blog post on Creativity, Copycats, and Christians. In her post, Val said this powerful statement: “If He really did inspire us, He’ll also give us creativity to make it completely unique and not a copycat.” She challenged women to check their hearts, pray for other creatives, and truly look to Christ for creativity and not copying other women.
One way that God has revolutionized my heart in this area is to learn to champion my sisters who are also creating. There are certain products I won’t create because I have seen women make them and want to support them. Val created an amazing prayer journal that I use and highly recommend. Instead of creating my own prayer journal, I want to champion her and share about her art and journals! Constantly asking the Lord who we can support and pray for is a beautiful part of creating in the Christian industry.
Digging also requires asking questions and breaking down the idea. Here are questions I ask myself before making any product:
-- Has this been done before?Where did my inspiration come from? We have to constantly check our hearts when we create to discern if the idea came from another creative. When I began dreaming about the Give Me Jesus journal, the idea first came when I was having my quiet time. I was looking for a journal to use that would stir my affections for Christ and God led me to create one. The ideas and layout for the journal came from me spending time with my sketchbook and Bible drawing out what I saw in my mind so that every aspect was authored by the Lord.
-- What is my motive in creating this product? Is it to glorify the Lord or glorify myself? Our motives can never be to make much of ourselves or even to become rich. Creating for God’s glory is a humbling and holy process and must be done with the cross of Christ at the forefront of our minds.
-- What steps do I need to take for this idea to become a reality? At this step, I ask a LOT of questions. I seek advice from my design friends as well as friends who will tell me the truth about ideas. The Give Me Jesus journal was created through a lot of prayer, testing, and study. I spent weeks studying what quiet times should look like according to Scripture and created the journal from that time spent asking the Lord what it should look like. The journal went through several stages before the final result was made.
Prayer is key in creating. God pays attention to details and loves creativity. We should rely on Him to guide us and direct us in the process.