Posted by: amylamb | August 8, 2011

Unwritten No Longer

“What are you working on?”

Yeah, that question scares me too. But I cannot resist asking it of myself and of you, because I believe that we are called to create well.

As creatures made in the image of God, the Creator of heaven and earth, we too were designed to create. Creativity is engrained into our God-given identity because we are daily filled with the Holy Spirit, the source of all creativity. In fact, the first person mentioned in Scripture to have been filled by the Spirit is Bezalel, who “I have filled with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts,” (Exodus 31:3).

Though we were created in order to create, we often attempt to satiate this desire for creativity by consuming it. We relentlessly absorb entertainment as if we would wither up without it, but perhaps the desire for consumption was intended for production. What if our creativity is hindered because we are clogging our spiritual inflows with cheap entertainment instead of Spirit-inspired enjoyment?

Todd Henry said, “My job—each and every day—is to empty myself, do m y daily work, and to try as much as possible to leave nothing unspoken, uncreated, unwritten.”

So what inspiration of yours is still uncreated? Don’t hesitate to embrace the ridiculous and engage the unreasonable, because that’s where creativity tends to dwell.

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:38)

Let the living water flow. Let it create life where there is deadness. Let it chart new paths where there are none. Let it make something beautiful from barrenness. Let it create.

You’ll be surprised how much change a little creativity can make.

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