Excellence, Creativity, Innovation – This IS Christianity

Christianity is about journey and adventure. It is not static but dynamic. Corporately, we are to be overflowing with excellence and innovation as we tap into Christ in us – revelation abounds in the eternal realm AND we are seated in that heavenly realm.

When I walk into Starbucks, which I do quite often, I always feel good. I love the ambiance of the store itself along with the unity and positive attitude of the employees. I often meet people there and have wonderful times of fellowship. Even more than Starbucks, I love Apple stores. The other day when I took my Mac in, I kept gazing at the images of the new iPhone 6 on the wall. Its beauty and simplicity grabbed my attention. I turned to Marvin and said, “Do you see how they captured the shading on that picture? They had to tweak the picture of the phone in different ways to get that just right shading to make it look sleek and sophisticated.” I notice things…being visual many things catch my eye and I just gaze and get lost in the color, design and form. I now own an iPhone 6, trading up from my 4 – somehow I missed the whole 5-generation.

What about Christianity? Is it too much to believe that in Christ, we are on the cutting edge of innovation? Then, why aren’t we? Where are the innovators who have attuned their ear to heaven? Quite possibly, most have left the church because there is no room for innovation and creativity there.

I won’t go into a rant here but I believe that if some churches at large were compared to businesses, most would be bankrupt for lack of vision, finances and creativity. Or, they would eventually go out of business because they are knock offs of some other ministry or church and can’t sustain in this type of changing environment.

What to do? Open up to new things – movies that challenge, books that exude the life of Christ even when the author doesn’t know Him, friends that don’t want to have anything to do with Jesus yet you know they just don’t want what the church has shown Him to be………there are so many opportunities to stretch and live again. Jesus moved, traveled, flowed…that is why we are told to live, move and have our being in Christ.

Right now, I am reading one little book that is challenging my creative life in a big way. It is simple, but filled with life. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon – 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. He gave an idea to ‘blurb about a book’ on a blog…I will be doing that tomorrow.

My Creative Flow:

Rise of the Machines – Human Authors In A Digital World by Kristen Lamb

God’s Astounding Opinion of You by Ralph Harris

The Well-Played Life by Leonard Sweet

Twitter – I deactivated FB for a few months. Loving the change of pace on Twitter. Went to You Tube to learn all about Tweet Deck, how to effectively use Twitter.

Movies: The Mockingjay – Part 1 – Loved it but it was different from the first two for sure. A bit slower perhaps in preparation for Part 2. I actually had a great afternoon watching the first two in order to catch up and remember.

Be bold. Be creative. Move out and live in Christ!

DebraIn Christ,

Rivers of Eden Ministry would love to speak at your next conference, home group of gathering. Contact me on our Contact Page. Get to know me on Twitter, and by going to Our Timeline of Life.

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