Creativity Is Not Optional
Sunday I preached about God taking us past our obstructed views and seeing more clearly with greater perspective–expanding our horizons. The horizon is the point of sight where the earth meets the sky.
Sadly, too many live inside limitations of their own making and can’t see beyond it.
I read some quotes in an article discussing creativity on churchrelevance.com once that really smacked me good.
- New insights come from new people and new environments — any circumstance in which the brain has a hard time predicting what will happen next. - Fast Company
- Breakthrough insights are at the intersection of ideas, concepts, and cultures. - Frans Johansson :: The Medici Effect
We have to be reminded that the familiar, comfortable surroundings, experiences, and people are great, but to step into the new, we have to step outside that once in a while.
When our brains can predict what happens next, we usually tune out instead of engaging (Side note: science has also shown that this same unpredictability is what makes something funny to us).
Without creativity of expression, we tune out–with life, with entertainment–we do it with everything. We need creativity and insight to expand our horizons.
I’m convinced this is why God doesn’t use formulas. We use formulas.
God is not boring, mundane, controllable, predictable, describable, etc. Now, we can portray Him that way, but it doesn’t resonate. It’s hollow. Freedom and creativity challenge our preconceptions and comfort status. Without them, we begin to get restless and yearn for excitement or simply “different.”
Where does creativity come from when we’re stuck?
John C. Maxwell’s book, Thinking for a Change (disclosure), has a wonderful example of a millionaire that tries and tries to breakthrough to the billionaire status. I know, boo-hoo for the sad millionaire, but the advice he was given stuck with me.
He was asked whom he associated with and hung around. His reply? “They’re all accomplished business people, all millionaires.”
The solution? “Go and hang around some billionaires, they have something you’re missing.”
Whether it’s in ministry, in a career, in a family, or whatever—growth comes out of laying aside pride and seeking out someone or something beyond ourselves. I wasn’t created with all the answers and neither was anyone else. This is the beauty of relationship with God and other people.
If you want to remain stagnant and ineffective, good news–it’s really easy! You don’t have to do anything. If you want to produce impact and grow in an area, it takes hard work and going through the process. One thing you have to realize though, you need that creative expression–to associate in some way with the breakthrough you desire.
Creativity is there for those who want it. Insight is available for those who pursue it. The answer lies in looking outside ourselves, to God and those He leads us to.
Your turn. What do you think? How do you stir creativity?