#KeepCreating Part 1: Crises are times to Create

The fear is real.  The challenges are daunting.  But crises create new opportunities and new inspiration. #KeepCreating. The people of God are not immune to challenges, crises and recessions.  In fact, the Bible reveals that the opposite to be true.  The nation of Israel endured paralyzing challenges, most notably their deportation to Babylon.  The point I’m dropping and wanting you to pick up is not that they endured hardship, but God’s vision and purpose for them while in exile.  Jeremiah 29:4-7 says, “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: ‘Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what produce.  Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters.  Increase in number there; do not decrease.  Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.  Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” God’s vision for His people in exile included peace, prosperity, increase and influence!  Times of exile and crises are often the perfect time to write new songs, launch your startup or create your podcast.  Challenges and suffering always present new opportunities and God’s plan for His people is always to be courageous and creative during crises.  Inspiring to the follower of Jesus is God’s heart for His people to thrive and flourish and to impact and influence culture.  #KeepCreating. Did you know that some of today’s powerhouse companies were born out of recessions?  General Electric, General Motors, Hyatt, Trader Joe’s, Credit Karma, WhatsApp, and Groupon to name a few were all born out of recessions.  Each faced unique challenges but each unique challenge created unique opportunities.  During recessions and crises, behaviors change.  And when behaviors change, the door of opportunity swings wide open for new innovation and creativity.  Storehouse senses new opportunities for new songs, films, podcasts, books, service companies, churches, and technology. The majority of creatives and influencers are going to sit back and stand down during the COVID-19 pandemic because of fear, decrease in investment dollars and other reasons.  Mark Twain wrote, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Maybe that’s a timely word.  Pause.  Reflect.  Pray.  And #KeepCreating.