creative perspective

I attended LIFE 2013 last week in St Louis, MO. The theme was renewal in following Jesus, renewal in family and church relationships, renewal of a servant mindset, and renewal in viewing the mission of God. All the presentations, projects, and production aimed at expressing that theme. It was high energy and higher fun. I hope your church has a bunch of kids that attend the next LIFE in Kansas City.

I was struck by the obvious creativity that it took to put together an event like LIFE. My own faith was renewed as I took in the messages, music, and games that so many creative people performed and organized. Being on the receiving end of so much creativity inspired me to want to be more imaginative and enterprising in what I do.

If you are a person you are creative. Because you have been made by a creative God you have a creative capacity. You are made in the image of the God-who-creates. You may say, “I am not a creative person.” You may be able to say those words, but you can’t change the fact of who you are. You are a creative person.

John Townsend in his book Leadership Beyond Reason claims that creativity can be learned. According to Townsend it is a process that simply involves rearranging existing components into a new whole. The statement that there are creative people and non-creative people is a myth, besides the fact that it is unbiblical. He suggests three aspects to developing one’s creative capacity:

  1. Creativity happens within collaboration. Creativity thrives in relationships. If there’s an idea or project you are working on, injecting creativity into it can be as easy as sharing it with one other person.
  2. Creativity uses your context. Creativity doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It uses the components of your current setting, opportunity, and need. Look again at what is around you, instead of trying to imagine what is not there.
  3. Creativity requires intentionality. You must allot time, room, and energy for creativity, for both developing it and using it. See Todd Henry’s book The Accidental Creative regarding the rhythms that support the creative process.

Tell someone about the idea you have or the project you are working on. Look again at what is before you. Use some of your time not just to work, but create. You will not only inspire the on the receiving end, but you will be reflecting the God who made you to create.

5 Life Changing Takeaways From The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

Color Outside the Lines by Howard Hendricks

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