Years ago, I was in fashion design school. I sewed, draped, sketched and engaged in cultural observation to enhance my creative process. I watched and observed and learned. I always considered myself creative and this was one of my outlets for my creativity. I don’t sew anymore nor am I a fashionista but I do watch Project Runway. I look at the clothes and deconstruct them in my head. More importantly, I watch it because I love the creative process and how people express themselves through not only clothes, but through cooking, art, technology, film and so much more. I absolutely love it.
Quirky is me! I was lost in religion but grace is bringing me into a newfound creative freedom that religion thought it had stripped from me. Oh God, how you always get the last word.
Now about grace and its expression and what I learned from Project Runway. Follow this scenario that has been played out in many of the shows.
The judges say “Go into the city and get inspiration from the architecture. Translate that inspiration into a garment that shows us who you are! Be inspired! Create!” After hours of seeing New York through a creative lens, they come back to the workroom to translate their creative vision into a designed garment.
Inevitably there is one person who creates something from a literal interpretation in their vision. Their garment actually looks like the form of the Empire State Building with pointed studded shoulder pads looking like the tower with ornate buttons going down the front. And to make things worse it is in a glaring silver fabric. Michael Kors, with his caustic wit, rips them to shreds because creative expression does not normally flow forth in literal interpretation.
Creativity flows forth from a person’s life and all its fullness – how they see things, their upbringing, where they lived, went to school and so much more. They see and from the inspiration of what they see, their life flows in created design. The design flows through the heart before it actually is formed into a garment. Are you following me?
Change the scenario. Christ says to us, “Go into the city, the nations, the world and BE My creative expression of grace. Your foundation is firmly established on the finished work of the cross and all that has been accomplished in me. You are rightly prepared so express ME through your very lives! Do this wherever I have placed you. Don’t put Me in a box. I have set you free to BE as me, wherever you are.”
Inevitably, because of the cloning and mass marketing of religious indoctrination, many go forth and walk in a literal interpretation of what it means to be a Christian. They flow forth parroting the latest prophetic word. They hand out tracks in rote evangelism. They quote Scripture that they learned from their daily Bible reading. This is exactly like the designer above who did not pull from the depths of their heart to design but rather simply looked at something and designed what they saw BUT they really did not see.
God desires us to express His grace, flowing forth from a sure foundation in our lives. What does the Lord want us to do? Christ in me, Christ in you, in union with Christ. Our freedom of expression is as unique and diverse as our experiences in life in Christ. Why are Christians at times so lackluster and devoid of creativity? So robotic and cloned. Because they don’t really know who is in them.
There is a dynamic that is going to come forth in grace based upon creative expression. Those who flow in teams, vision, and revelation will be awakened to BE the Body of Christ. Grace will introduce us to a wide frontier of expression with our focus on Christ Jesus.
I don’t want to be cloned or robotized into grace, if that were even possible. Just sayin’ here! Grace is my foundational starting point and the path before me is my walk of creative expression. I pray you are getting this and I would love to hear from you. You may be able to expand on this even farther than I have gone in this blog.
So how do I walk in this in my daily life? I am visual and expressive but as I have said, religion tried to kill the very life of Christ in me and through me. In my 50’s I am just getting started again in new and fresh ways for me. Digital Photography classes, Final Cut classes, and writing classes. This is all taking me into a new frontier where the possibilities are limitless in Christ. Follow me on this journey of creativity and let’s see where it takes us! More is coming. I am just getting started. J