As you know, Fridays are usually a day to look at a specific Bible passage or Bible truth God has shown me through His Word. But today I want to share a post from my friend, author, speaker, artist, and AMOKArts founder, Dave Weiss.
As Christian creatives, Dave and I–and hopefully you, too–are always looking for ways to use our creative gifts for the Lord. But creatives are often different from much of the “normal” world. Dave wrote about the loss of Robin Williams this week and he was kind enough to let me share it with my Christian creative friends.
Robin Williams and All Us Creatives…By Dave Weiss
I almost canâ€™t believe I am writing this post. Yesterday Robin Williams died, apparently by his own hand. Itâ€™s tragic. One who brought so much joy to so many, could no longer find it in himself. He was a great entertainer and one of the funniest people alive and he will be sorely missed.
So many people are at a loss today. The resonating question is why? He had a great career, wealth, all of what the world had to offer, success most of us dream of and literally millions of fans. Itâ€™s the stuff of creative dreams and donâ€™t miss this, it wasnâ€™t enough. Most people will never get it but I do and my guess is, I am not the only one.
We creatives tend to feelÂ more deeply. We tend to be more passionate. We tend toward perfectionism and, as visionary people, there is always more to be done to remake the world so it matches theÂ vision that lives in our hearts. This is our blessing. This is our curse. If weâ€™re not careful, no matter what we have, no matter what heights we reach, itâ€™ll never be enough.
I didnâ€™t know Mr. Williams, so may beÂ I am completely off-base here, but I do know me and I have stood atÂ the same precipiceÂ looking into the unknown and wondering if it was worth it to live another day, and while I didnâ€™t have all that he had, I had plenty to live for, but I couldnâ€™t see it. Thankfully for me this has changed.
Hereâ€™s what I learned:
- There is hope.Â Those visionary dreams we see, the ones we canâ€™t seem to get toâ€¦Â well thereâ€™s no guarantee that we get all the way there. Hope isnâ€™t found in reaching the destination, itâ€™s in moving forward toward it. Gaining ground becomes the goal, moving the ball forward. Even if I canâ€™t get in the endÂ zone, I can move the ball forward, so someone else can.Â He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
- You areÂ worthÂ it. Every time you get the idea that youâ€™re worthless,Â remember who you are. The SonÂ of God laid down his life and rose again so that you and I could live eternally when our missions areÂ complete.Â Your value is high, both to God and to many others.
- Life isÂ worth it. We donâ€™t get to pick our level of success, but neither do we really know what success is. At any moment, even in some of the tamest, seemingly weakest moments, we can do something that changes the course of history (in big or small ways) forever. You never know what will be the thing that makes all the difference, so press on. Jesus said, â€śIn this world you will, have trouble but takeÂ heart I have overcome the world.â€ť Hang in there, because with Jesus, eventually, we win.
- You are loved. By God certainly,Â and that should be enough, but also by many people whether you believe it or not. There are a lot of people in this world who want you to stay in it. You enrich their lives.
There are of courseÂ many other lessons, but these four are special because they are the exact opposite of what the enemy of our souls tells us when he wants to destroyÂ us. “Itâ€™s hopeless, youâ€™re worthless, life just isnâ€™tÂ worth living, nobody loves you.” These are lies of the enemy from the pit of hell, told for your destruction. Donâ€™t you believe them. There is hope, you have great value,Â life is worth it and you are loved.Â Believe it and if you need help to believe it, get help.
As I looked at all the social media tributes to this entertainmentÂ legend, I had a strange thought: I wonder if seeing this outpouring of love and adoration would have changed his mind. Unfortunately, weâ€™ll never know. Suicide is a permanent â€śsolutionâ€ť to a temporary problem.
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 NIV
It gets betterâ€¦ get helpâ€¦ andÂ push through.
I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,