A few years ago Ginghamsburg hosted a small guest band with a backup singer who sported some unique wardrobe pieces. I remember complimenting her unusual jewelry and hearing back her simple, sweet response that has stuck with me to this day. “I like to create a stir, she replied.” I’ve been chewing on that uninhibited confession ever since.
Jesus was known to create a stir just about everywhere he went. Even when he didn’t want to attract a lot of attention his deeds and offerings drew crowds toward him. Whether healing a demoniac, feeding a few thousand listeners, hugging over-active children, enjoying extravagant gifts or washing dirty feet, Jesus’ penchant for the unexpected always created a certain holy tension, setting the stage for seekers to experience fresh waves of the Divine. Jesus could cause a stir.
As Ginghamsburg’s visual designer my passion is to offer an engaging experiential presence to our greatest initiatives – to tell the story in a visibly striking manner. Whether via stage design, a hallway mural, an event or a lobby display, this involves drawing the community into the initiative at hand – creating environments that cultivate engagement.
Even so, I despise the idea of doing anything half hearted – or simply going through the motions of pulling off an event that looks and feels like last year’s party. I want to create a stir with each and every design. “Sing to me a new song.” (Psalm 33:3) “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31) Each day is a new opportunity to do something amazing – simply because I am created in the image of Amazing.
What about you? Are you convinced that there’s only one way to do your job, your relationships, your daily tasks? Or is it time to pray bigger prayers of possibilities and shine just a little brighter? What kind of stir will you create today?