Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Creativity is a Spiritual Discipline

This weeks reading (in the Mosaic Bible) centered around creativity. To be created in the image of God is to possess the ability to create. Imagination is a divine gift. Though when one typically things of "imagination," we have images of day-dreaming, fantasizing and visions of grander for the most part. And while humans are prone to utilize their imaginations for self-serving manners, it is a gift nonetheless. We are entrusted stewards of this divine gift.

Could it be that God wants to use our very capacities of imagination to speak to us or even through us. I can't help but ask myself :: Am I cultivating and developing the creativity God has placed within me OR am I simply maintaining, merely allowing it to exist in untaped measures? Or, worst yet, have I grown content to live vicariously through the active imagination of others...?

Creativity is a spiritual discipline:

  • What are practical ways in which we can cultivate and develop creativity and imagination...? 

Now to him who is able to do 
immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us... 
~Ephesians 3:20

"I have an incredible awe for the natural world and the divinely inspired environment.... But I think I also have a similar kind of awe for the day-to-day. For me, a ceiling fan or air conditioner or dictionary can hold incredible, supernatural meaning. It's very exciting to think about the workmanship of man, created in the image of God."
(Sufjan Stevens)


Jerrell Jobe said...

For me...

On a cultivation level, simply reading creative works of others has a way of unlocking new channels of creativity. While I enjoy fiction, I don't often read fiction. Yet, I do see value in making time periodically for such...

Developmentally, I there is no greater substitute than merely sitting down and beginning to write. To develop thoughts. To engage my creative 'muscles,' so to speak. One of the things I can do, is write more... (In the recent season(s) of life, I haven't done this as much as in times past...)

Nerdjunky said...

This really got me to thinking. I am in my second to last year of high school and I really haven't decided what I want to do yet. I mean I have an idea but I'm not really sure this for some reason just made me think about all the horrible drawings, and corny stories that I have done over the years. Thanks I really needed this this week.

~Be who yUo aRe~