Jogging through the park one bright sunny morning, I began to recollect ideas that had come to me many years ago. You know the type of ideas that you say to yourself, "One day I'm gonna take some time and put this together. I just know it will bless somebody!" Well I pulled out my PDA and began to jot them down. How many "good ideas" have you been inspired with that you never put into action? Your book, your album, your new product, your new business? It's amazing to me when I hear new products come forth, and someone says, "I thought of that idea years ago!" Or someone records a new song and you hear the words, "That's my song!"
I believe that God has allowed there to be a creative flow of ideas that is hovering just short of everyone's reach. And all we have to do is reach up and take hold of it. We call creativity so many things in our culture: the ability to create, to imagine, to do things differently, or more resourcefully. To be creative is to take ownership of the thoughts, dreams, and visions that our marvelous creator has made available to us, and commit to investing our time, talent, energy, and resources to see them come into fruition. It is an act of faith! And everyone has some degree of creativity.
God set the precedent for being creative when God created the universe. God said, "Let there be..." and then committed divine resources to bring it into reality. But what I love about the creation is God spoke everything into fruition, except humanity. God formed male and female in God's own image from the resources God spoke into existence. There was a special and specific investment of care and attention that when into creating Adam and Eve. We were created in God's image as intelligent creative beings, invested with the power and thus responsiblility to have dominion over this earth. To cultivate its care and development.
Much of our being creative has been counter-productive to our purpose, but because we still exist in the flow of God's time continuum, its not too late to be innovative in a way that fulfills our God given purpose to bring glory to God and build one another up for the good. Join us here next time as we continue the discussion on our purpose and privilege to - Be Creative! Don't forget to leave comments. Peace.
Pastor E. Barber
Providing Creative Solutions from Thought to Fruition
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5/25/2011 12:52:08 am
Great article Pastor Barber. I have a lot of ideas that I planned to put to work. I believe now is the time. I look forward to your next article.
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Emery Barber Pastors Shepherd's House OBC, East-NY Brooklyn with his wife Stephanie, Co-Founder of FaithWorks Christian Fellowship, Int'l, the Media Director of EBCreativeMedia.com Solutions, and author of BeCreative!, Strategy for a New Beginning, Everblessed Psalms of the Lord, and co-author of Words of Faith. Contact him for public speaking engagements, or consultation on your next creative media project or training seminar.