Fresh Hope – 15th March 2018

God is the master artist. He is the most creative being that ever was, and ever will be. The greatest painters, the most moving musicians, the most talented craftsmen, the most popular fashion designers in all of history are only the products of God Himself.

The devil has no creative abilities whatsoever. All he can do is distort and deform what God has made.

Creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules and patterns. It is the ability to imagine, reinterpret, and progress.

Many people feel like they are not creatives because they have narrowed themselves into the box of ‘being creative means I have to be good at art or music’. They fail to understand that creativity is in our DNA simply because we are God’s children, carrying His nature.

As a teacher, I am concerned for how education systems narrow their perspective of creativity. Children have a natural bent to create and think outside the box in their early years, but studies show that this is dramatically stifled by age ten as the traditional education system does not cater for innovative thinking, and has narrowly defined creativity.

Creativity is in essence divine wisdom, and it is divine wisdom that will bring individuals to the forefront of their field or area of influence.

Creativity doesn’t have to be about you coming up with a whole new novel concept, it can simply be building on the work of something that has already been done. Look at cars for example. It took someone really creative to come up the concept of a car that doesn’t need to run on fuel and is electric powered. But this person’s creativity was simply building on the creativity of others that went before him like Karl Benz who invented the first gasoline automobile. But then before him was the creative mind of Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot who built the first self-propelled road vehicle powered by steam. And so generations that follow us will also take our comparably simple concepts and further problem solve, progress and advance. This is the heart and nature of creativity and God – to look at what is being done and consider how it can become better through divine wisdom and inspiration!

If you are feeling stuck on a problem, or feel as though you lack inspiration, ask God for his creative wisdom to be made known.

One of my favourite quotes from a pastor by the name of Bill Johnson is, ‘We do not become culturally relevant when we become like the culture, but rather when we model what the culture hungers to become’. Rather than being afraid of change, or simply copying others, or settling for whatever is popular at the moment – let us instead use the limitless wisdom of heaven that is available to us, and give today’s culture what they hunger for!

1 Timothy 4:14 “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.”

Emma Burchell

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