So, this is my last bible email to you after my first year of working with The Stewards' Trust. I have absolutely loved writing to all of you and I hope you have been able to craft your own special moments with God out of reading them.
This is what I want to share with you as we all step into the season of summer: GET CREATIVE!
This is what renewing our minds can look like, by getting creative with what we've got!
Romans 12:2 says,
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
Be CREATIVE! Think CREATIVELY! You do not have to be an artist to be CREATIVE!
I absolutely love art and everything about it, but one thing the Lord has taught me this year is what it looks like to seperate being an artist and being creative when working.
For me, what this has looked like is BREAKING my idea of perfection (it's funny because I'm literally realising a lot of this as I'm writing now) and He showed this to me through my piano playing, by teaching me to embrace the mistakes. He told me that I had to make mistakes in order to embrace them and through this, the Holy Spirit led my hands into playing piano in a way I have never played before; spontaneous tunes and journies came out of them too - I've shared at the bottom one of these pieces.
We have a creator, which makes us ALL CREATIVES!
Creativity is the skill and talent to use our imagination to create and solve.
We’re creative all the time and don’t realize it.
- When mum or dad ad-libs lunch for the kids, pulling together something yummy when it seemed there were no ingredients in the fridge.
- When the radio announces traffic is stopped on our route home and we figure out a route taking the back roads home.
- When the company Christmas Party invitation had a typo and you added the missing punctuation with a Sharpie – and no one knew the difference.
(Not my own examples but, you get the picture!)
Each of these examples required use of imagination and experience to apply a creative solution to a problem or challenge.
The thing is, the fruit we bear is never supposed to look perfect it just has to be filled with goodness to taste good!
We’ve got to stop selling ourselves short. We artificially hold ourselves back by giving up on imaginative thinking because we’re not perfect portrait artists.
What’s cool, when you let yourself be creative… the more you think and act creatively, the more creative you become. Like exercising muscles, the more you use them, the stronger they become.
Resolve to yourself… Flip that switch in your mind about the way you think of yourself… beginning right now, to simply “be” more creative.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you right now how He has made you to be a creative - what did He just tell you?
To Inspire? - a journey in learning what it means to inspire and be inspired. Enjoy the mistakes :)