Elevate your mindset
The Apostle Paul gave this instruction in the 3rd chapter of his letter to the Colossians, "since you have risen with Jesus Christ, set your mind on things above, and not on the things of this world..." Creative focus requires one to rise above the level of activity where most stand and reside. It is quite challenging to see the necessary disruption of issues that prevent one from reaching their fullest potential while struggling at the level of conflict. Detachment is required. Paul is not suggesting a mere mental assent. He is communicating a more essential reality, which leads us to the second thing we must do.
Realize the next level
It is vital to recognize that an essential part of you has already risen to the level that necessitates your creative focus. The Word is communicating that one often lives beneath the privilege of one's heritage, because they have not yet realized that they have been transported from their former level to higher level by virtue of their connection, or should I say relationship with their benefactor. By now you must be asking, "What in the world are you talking about man of God?"
Accept the Truth
We are talking about creative focus today, and yes I backed into this discussion. Here's why. Many of the citizens of the Kingdom of God find it challenging to discuss creativity and innovation outside of secular terms and ideologies. What we need to realize is that there can be no true creativity without the creator. Creative Focus begins with accepting not just the fact that "every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord" (James 1:17), but the very accepting of the Giver of those gifts. By accepting the Giver of the gifts, which is God our Father through Jesus Christ, we move into the flow of and very stream of creativity as we are transported from death to life, from disconnection to re-connection, and brought into the very "presence of the Lord where there is fullness of joy and at His right hand pleasures evermore." Psalms 16:11 That is the place where creativity is sparked, and that is the place of creative focus!
So let's review with the acronym E.R.A., as it is time for us to move into another ERA where we:
Elevate our minds, Realize we have already arrived at the next level, as we Accept the Truth:
Jesus has empowered us to continue the work that He has already begun. Our task is allow ourselves to be used in the stream of God's purpose (creative flow) to bring forth the ideals of His Kingdom on Earth, for His glory and our greater good.
Emery B. Barber
EBCM - Creative Media Solutions Designed for You
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.