Creative Leadership

Do People See Things Better Because of You?

This past Christmas I was reading about the Nativity story, and one line in Luke Chapter 1 stood out: Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” I’ve read that line a thousand times and always thought about “magnify” in terms of praise or thanksgiving. Mary was praising God for the incredible news that she would bear the Savior of the world. But then again, the idea of a magnifying glass came to mind. The thought occurred to me that our lives should be “magnifying” – or bringing God into clearer focus to everyone around us.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve done a pretty poor job of magnifying Jesus to people around me. Plus, I think our lives should be magnifying all things good. Do your films, books, video presentations, art, sermons, or relationships magnifying anything to people? Do they reveal things people never considered before? In many ways that’s the ultimate definition of an artist – someone who sees things that others don’t, and manages to share that vision with the world.

How about you? What is your life magnifying?

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  1. Thank you for the post Phil. I definietly fall short, but I am a work in progress. Glad I found you and your site because I have been in need of direction with my media career.

  2. Phil, I’m reading a book called Mastery by Greene, and he talks about this concept in the realm of creativity, that our ability to stay in a place of observing–instead of drawing conclusions–results in magnification of what’s most important. I’ve experienced this dynamic in the process of drawing and painting, being caught up in observation. I think there is a parallel to life in the Spirit with this. When we are caught up in gazing upon Jesus, in a place of intimacy and worship, our lives more naturally magnify Him in our work and relationships.

    Thanks for leading us into some reflection on this today.

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