Monday, July 25, 2011

Creativity's Rightful Owner

Creativity has a lot of hype in our generation, especially in the church. We are constantly implementing creative elements to communicate the gospel. And I love that.

Day in and day out I work with extremely talented people who are way more creative than I could ever even dream of being.  For example, The Walk has used shoe laces, Post-It notes, confetti canons, personal laundry service, beat-boxing, air fresheners, matches, Polaroids, sand, spoken word, frisbees, step teams, balloons, koozies and lots of free food to communicate the gospel to college students every week. Needless to say, I've learned a lot about the demands of creativity over the last 4 years.

I've learned that creativity is hard work. I've learned that consistency is a key component of creativity...even when you don't "feel" like it. I've learned that creative meetings are often messy, and usually awkward.

The most important, challenging, and convicting thing I've learned about creativity is this...

Creativity is not my own. It's God's. He is the source.

We are familiar with being a good steward of our money, our time, and our resources. Creativity is a stewardship issue too... because it is not mine. We should be be disciplined to relinquish it back to it's rightful owner, God.

Creativity is God-given. It should be our desire to max it's potential.

How can we be good stewards of our creativity?

Be ready. Be aware.
Record... every creative impulse and potential illustration.
Implement. There is a difference between imagining and creating. Ideas are great, but creativity results in a product.

When was the last time you admitted that your creativity was not your own? Are you being intentional about returning your creativity back to it's rightful owner?

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