I once partook in a discussion in a LinkedIn writers’ group that referenced that statement of a man who refused to let God tell him what to write. The absolute arrogance! The utter ignorance! *breathe Desiree* As I am sure you can tell, this declaration angers me to my core. As an author and entrepreneur, I have learned the immeasurable value of allowing God to inspire and direct my decisions.
Godly Literary Inspiration
The first and foremost example of divine—godly—literary inspiration and also the most trustworthy inspiration is The Holy Bible. This book which has been around for thousands of years and was translated into English most popularly in 1611 (thanks King James), is the most solid example we have of the legendary and proven inspiration of the Most High throughout the ages. Regardless of what some nay-sayers and learned individuals who are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of truth” (II Timothy 3:7) may say, the Word was, is, and ever will be true. And not only true, but relevant.
The Bible told us that the world was round before the “church” and many scientists accepted it as truth. Isaiah prophesied that God “sits on the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22). Empires that would rule the Ancient World and even Alexander the Great were prophesied in the Book of Daniel. Both the Gospels and Revelation speak of events that we see in our daily local and global news. These are just a few examples that prove the validity of the Bible. You cannot tell me that the Bible was not inspired by God (II Timothy 3:16).
Many other books besides the Bible have been written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Whether by ministers, businessmen, historians, or others, books are written every day by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and we know this because not only do they line up with the Word of God, but God speaks to us through them as we read them. The result is confirmation, affirmation, encouragement, and growth for the readers in the arenas that the books cover. My Kingdom Mandates is one such book. The over 300 pages that form its contents were composed in two days shy of one month. How’s that for divine inspiration?
Theory of Sub-Creation
If you know anything about me personally, you know that I am absolutely obsessed with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy author, J.R.R. Tolkien. I am also equally obsessed with his theory of sub-creation and as such often see its effect in the world. It most certainly adds a different, equally wonderful aspect to our discussion of Godly inspiration. Tolkien’s theory summed up simply states that “[Tolkien] could view sub-creation as a form of worship, a way for creatures to express the divine image in them by becoming creators” (“Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theory”).
Tolkien was a Christian, as am I, and saw sub-creation as an opportunity to exercise our God-like characteristics endowed in Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” God created, therefore, we in His image, have the ability to create as well. This is especially true for [fiction] authors who have the ability to create a world of their own with its own laws and beings in their literature. Yet we can also adopt this theory as entrepreneurs.
Your ability to create a business of your own should come from the inspiration above and allow you to sub-create in your own right. And although it is not the same as creating a story or movie, you can most certainly create a new niche in the world or re-create/re-define one that is already created.
What can you create this is uniquely your own? For DA Weddings, not only do I create fresh wedding-related content, but I revel in creating fantastically-fabulous wedding themes and inspirations and for this blog I seek to create equally fresh content that will motivate and inspire you to do what you were meant to. For my business, I assist others in their own sub-created literary pieces.
How Does Inspiration Come?
In my experience, the best inspiration comes directly from God. Whether He “downloads” or “drops” it directly in my spirit such as in a picture or word image across my mind, or a direction to a particular item or subject. Oftentimes, I will sit in front of a blank piece of paper, ask God to speak, and start writing. He always comes through.
You can also be inspired by something you read, see, or hear. Oftentimes when you are inspired by God via literature, it can be described as illumination (light shed upon a thing) or revelation (a direct message or “lesson” from God). You are also able to see or hear something—whatever the source of it may be—and it can be harnessed as an inspiration for an idea.
The last way you can be inspired to write or build a business is to observe and be burdened by a need. Plato said “necessity is the mother of invention.” What needs in the world do you see that you believe you are meant to fill? What problems or dilemmas—whether they affect the quality or convenience of life—are you drawn to fulfill? Many of the greatest inventors were those who invented by inspiration of God.
The word tells us that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning,” (James 1:17). This tells us that God, who changes not, can inspire us to create just as easily as He inspired the prophets and apostles of old to write the Bible; every good idea, no matter what it is, is absolutely from God.
The word also tells us that “…you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth…” (Deuteronomy 8:18). This verse shows us that not only does God care about our financial stability, but that He gave us—past tense—the power or ability to get the wealth that we desire. The ideas, inventions, and concepts He longs to give us are oftentimes the vehicles He uses to bless us financially. What an awesome encouragement and promise to us!
You were created in the image of God, and whether or not you serve Him—which I pray you do—you were endowed from before the foundations of time with the abilities of your Creator to sub-create in your own right. Allow God to inspire and direct your creations and you will be sure to build unique, relevant, and long-lasting businesses, literary empires, and the like if you simply trust God to guide you.
See also: “Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theology: Tolkien Contra Lewis on Christian Fantasy”