Creativity - A Productive Path To Identity
What Kind of Artist Are You?
Have you ever wondered who you are or what your purpose is? Join about 99.9% of the population. Where many of us go wrong is we wait. We wait until we have figured out who we are and what we are called to do before we do anything.
The Lord put things in each of us from our mother’s womb that would serve His purposes here on earth. Things only we could do in ways only we could do them.
Two Are Greater
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were five? I do. I wanted to be an artist.
“And in kindergarten, everybody was an artist. Not just an artist, but a two-hands artist: “Me! Me! Me! I’m an artist!” By the first grade, it was still 100 percent, but it was with one hand. Then it progressed. When Gordon MacKenzie talked to the sixth-graders, he would get two or three people raising their hands, nervously looking around like everyone was going to think they were weird.” - James Hamblin
What are we aiming at?
I walked into her new office and my mind was already doing what it does when I walk into a space - decorating it. There was the most perfect gray paint and she already arranged a gallery wall. Her excitement was contagious. She told me about a canvas she purchased and wanted to have the ministry verse painted on - “two are greater” from Ecclesiastes 4:9. I said I could do it, but would get it when I got back from vacation.
In The Beginning
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
I have a couple of grandchildren. Like most children, they love to play. Visiting them is an exercise in waking my inner child and engaging with them in their child-like play.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven…” Matthew 18:3 esv
Have you heard this old Irish Proverb? “You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.”
It resonates with me because this devotional moment reminds us that created things can only come from what the creator possesses. A sow, a female pig, cannot be used to make silk. Silk comes from silk worms, not pigs.
Today’s text takes us back to creation’s beginning, specifically to that moment when God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit created human beings.