Creativity

I'm not a creative person. I never really have been. When I was in Elementary School, the extent of my drawings were stick people outside of a box with a door (a house), and a window at the top (but if you point an X in that window upstairs, the house quickly became a barn.) I'm 26 years old now, and stick people are still my go-to drawings. I'm not ashamed of it; I'm not a creative person and I've accepted it. 

My wife Julie on the other hand, is one of the most creative people I know. She is all the time working on some kind of project to make our house look better. When we lived in Harrisonburg, there were weeks where it seemed like I was walking with her to our dumpster to grab someones else's left-for-dead furniture. She would spend hours turning this sun dried, paint peeling, splinter causing entertainment center into a beautiful, vintage, sellable piece of furniture. When I initially looked at these items, I didn't see past all the flaws and mistakes in them. The fact that they were at the dumpster were enough for me. But Julie saw something else, something that could be remade. 

But my purpose in writing this isn't to say that you're simply made new. While that is completely true, and I'm convinced that everyone needs to hear it. The reason for this post is to suggest something a little bit different. You see, as humans, no matter how creative some people are; we are very limited. Beethoven could only reach a certain limit. Vincent van Gogh could only paint as much as his eyes would allow. George Lucas only made Star Wars as great as he could. Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford; are all men who invented awesome things that make life a lot easier for us today. But creativity has a limit for us. We can create basically anything we can possibly think of. Think back when you were a kid and your imagination went wild. Someone gave you a rock and a wall, and you were instantly the Cy Young winning pitcher for Southern WV. 

I'm rereading a book titled, "The Explicit Gospel." Matt Chandler, the author of this book, says this, "If you're a writer, you can write only as well as you understand language, diction, grammar, and the general art of writing. If you want to paint a picture, you can paint only as well as you have developed you skill. using whatever paints are available to you, in only the colors and combinations that already exist." 

“He doesn’t need raw material. He makes raw material.”
— The Explicit Gospel pg. 24

"God doesn't need raw material. He invents raw material." This quote blew me away when I first read it. Think about it, read it a second or third time if you need to. God, the one who we are called on to serve didn't need a creator. Not only that, he doesn't need a blueprint or council on what to do. He doesn't need to read, "Make a Universe for dummies." Instead, he simply speaks things into existence. The grass, trees, plants, rivers, lakes, oceans, hills, mountains, earth, planets, stars, universe; all are things that God SPOKE into existence. If God wanted it, he said it. He didn't need some type of physical matter to begin with, he simply needed to say it. 

If that same being, the one who can speak things into motion, made the world and said it was good. What do you think it says about us, who are made in his image? 

Genesis 1:27, "So God created mankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." 

Take rest today in the fact that we serve a God who has ZERO limits, and created you in his image. 

 

Yours in Christ, 

Philip