When we become adults, most of us stop making our mark on the wall, and in the world. We adopt a fixed mindset about our identity. But God has a bright future for us, which we discover as we un-learn how to conform to the world and rediscover our innate creativity.
In church we’re taught about the power of the Holy Spirit when we share a message. In seminary we’re taught about the importance of theological integrity when we share a message. What we’re not taught, and what we desperately need, is a deeper understanding of the influence of our communication – our language, symbols, and signs – when we share a message.
James Geary’s I is an Other is an insightful read on why metaphor works in connecting with people, and creating meaning, and how the choice to dismiss metaphor is a risk to our aims to influence others.
I am a creative director in ministry because I believe in the essential need for abstract ideas of any kind – including ideas about God – to find root in human experience in order for them to make sense, to take root in our hearts, and to affect change.
Coming up with creative ideas isn’t magical. It’s a skill to develop. Some people have been working on it for a long time, like TV Producer Shonda Rhimes. Here, she highlights 5 quick tips for creative productivity in the middle of a busy life.
You need creative inspiration. You strain and stress. You Google the competition. You look through old notes. You feverishly pray. None of these methods work all that well. How do you find inspiration? Here’s what I have learned after years of thinking on creativity.
Loving as God does and God encourages us to do, with our entire heart, mind, soul and strength, is how we recapture our creativity. The reason love is the key to creativity is because it’s the essential character of God the Creator, from whom all creativity flows.