There is a line I love in Ben Hur ~ Joseph is speaking with a neighbor who is complaining that Jesus has not finished making a table (neglecting his “work”).
[the neighbor examines some boards which have not been assembled]
Neighbor: My table is not finished. Where is your son?
Joseph: He’s walking in the hills.
Neighbor: [disapproving] Mm-hm. He neglects his work, Joseph.
Joseph: No. Once I reproached him with forgetting his work. He said to me, “I must be about my Father’s business.”
Neighbor: Then why isn’t he here, working?
Joseph: [smiling] He’s working.
I think of this often lately when doing my Dream Boogie class and other workshops that fill me with great creative spirit and inspiration. Taking a walk, a nice hot bath, time out to read or write, and connect with my friends online via Facebook or other social network activities. ~ these all seem frivolous to my inner critic who tells me I need to “get back to work.”
The truth is, when involved in Creative Ministry ~ and ministry of any kind ~ you need to keep in touch with your soul. You need to stay right with the Higher Power (I call Him God). Keep yourself fulfilled creatively ~ keep yourself inspired. Keep your cup of inspiration full. It might look to others like you’re “just playing around,” but you know the truth: that keeping yourself inspired IS your job – your responsibility.