Posted by Craig Borlase on 4 August 2016

Songwriting, like plenty in life itself, isn’t so much about being a #pioneer. The truth is that all the notes are already written. They have already been created. All we ever get to do is pluck them from the sky and arrange them in some kind of pleasing order.

I know this is true because it’s a rip off of a Keith Richards quote. Or maybe it was the Edge who said it. Both of them should know… they made a great career out of rearranging their own influences and gurus.

This idea goes all the way back to the Bible (and probably even before that).

It was Solomon who observed that there’s nothing new under the sun. We might feel as though we’re the first person ever to write that melody/tackle this issue/post that thought, but the chances are we’re just the latest in a long line of people who’ve done the same.

All we ever get to do is clumsily rearrange what our Creator has already made.

For some of us, that’s not quite enough. Standing out matters a lot today. But it’s hard to do it. So perhaps it’s not surprising that social media is full of people praising others (and sometimes themselves) for being #pioneers.

So what do we do with that? Do we get cynical and sneer? Do we deride any claim to uniqueness? Or do we just decide that since we can’t beat em, we might as well join em?

Perhaps Paul would have something to say about it. Something like this…

“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
[Romans 8:19-21]

Paul sees that the created world is terminal. Creativity does not last. We are not nearly as impressive as we might hope to be. Everything, as Solomon put it, is vanity. Even those #pioneers.

Why? Because of sin. We were the pinnacle of Creation, but our rebellion caused something to happen: God allowed the consequences of that sin to play out.

We’re not the show-stopping, jaw-dropping #pioneers we might like to think we are. A little harsh? Maybe. But realising that is actually a first step on a vital journey. It wakes us up to the truth that there’s only one #Pionneer, only one #TrueCreative, only one #GameChanger in town.

And His arms remain open to us all. He invites every one of us to join Him. Not for our own glory, but His.

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