Courageous Creativity

creativity-courage“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

Breaking away from the pack of the status quo takes courage. Think about breaking out. Suddenly, from within yourself, you have two voices talking to you. One is a voice of fear and the other is a voice of creativity.

Fear paralyzes. It speaks through uncertainty and anxiety. It asks questions that perpetuate more fear and more anxiety. Questions that you can’t answer like, “What if? How? But? Can you? Will you? What then? Do you know what can happen? What will people think?”

Creativity opens a door, wide open and says, “Walk through. Break out. Live. Move.” The voice of creativity is the voice of Christ that says, “Trust me. Take my hand and trust me. You know you are not satisfied where you are right now. Let’s walk.”

Why is this important to me as a Christian? It is important to everyone but why is this so important in my life? It’s simple. Christians actually lag far behind in creativity and innovation. I shouldn’t be bored as a Christian with Christ in me but when I go into most meetings, churches or conferences, I am bored.  Church is changing and shifting and moving into a new form, with its centrality in Christ. Hopefully, with that new shift, comes a new focus on walking in a new level of creativity.

My individual identity in Christ is not static but is flowing as I live, move and have my being in Him. When I move in Christ, I stir up the spiritual atmosphere around me with passion and possibility. Corporately, when Christians move in innovation and creativity, the Body of Christ shifts into new places that we have not been before. Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever, but there is so much to learn of Him and His ways every day.

Finding my identity and my purpose to innovate and create is not self-indulgent. When the revelation of Christ bursts open within me, a river of life begins to flow. That river flows through the body of Christ as people are joined in the reality, centrality and supremacy of Christ Jesus. The world takes notice, not of us, but of Christ.

In my life right now, ministry is simply not working in its current form. So I am praying with renewed vision and purpose, going outside conventionality to see with new eyes and hear with new ears. I want something new and fresh. I believe that is possible. Not wanting to fit into a system, I suddenly realized that there is no going back into an institution. Until I realized that as a pioneer there is only one way to go, forward, I kept looking back seeing how I can bring the new “in”. Now I know I am taking Jesus “out”.

4 thoughts on “Courageous Creativity

    • That’s great and something I did not think about at all. I just am so passionate about writing about creativity in Christ that I sometimes get these titles that flow from me but people think otherwise. But, a nice surprise. Thanks so much for your comment.

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