For my own well-being, I need to consistently unplug from people, computers, and TV. It’s good to be out of the mix. Noise rattles the thinking process into its submission of overload and distraction. Chatter is the subliminal sound of constant chaos as I spend excess time on social media. I can lose myself and not even know it. That is a scary thought.
Another quote by Austin Kleon from Steal Like An Artist:
“Creative people need time to sit around and do nothing!”
I need to be alone at times doing nothing. My friends often think of me as an extrovert. I definitely can be outgoing. I engage in conversation easily. Yet, if I spend too much time extroverting with people, I lose focus, get tired, start getting antsy and look for a door to get out. My life is somewhere between introvert and extrovert. I believe it’s called ambivert. Excessive prolonged exposure to being in the mix makes me tired. I consistently need time to sit around and do nothing.
Me, a pen, my journal or tablet, the ocean, my office, or Starbucks – I dial down in time and find stillness. God knows I need this.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything (Psalms 46:10 Message)
Busyness – the current buzzword of so many people:
I’m too busy.
I am so busy.
Busy, busy, busy.
Can’t – too busy.
Can’t possibly – too busy.
No time! Too busy.
Busyness – the hard taskmaster who leads us as a slave in the midst of excessive demands. Our lives hunger for meaning. Internal forces drive us forward to find this as external forces create a path of endless distraction where we never quite arrive at what we are seeking.
Busyness sounds admirable, important, and essential in life. Yet, busyness aborts creative thinking for those who need quiet times to come apart. It is in stillness and just doing nothing that creativity thrives. Creativity abounds here! In the midst of dialing down, creativity is forming – an image, ideas, revelation in Christ.
I spend time each day in the stillness, being with Jesus Christ. He is my source of creativity. My creativity is enhanced and encouraged as my identity is formed in Christ. That takes time and relationship, being with Him, in His presence.
Since I was a child, God wired me to come apart, unplug and learn to be in order to find ME. I remember times of being alone and loving it.
Growing up on the northwest side of Chicago, beautiful cherry trees stood tall and strong in my yard. Their branches joyfully carved out seats just for me to sit and read. With a book and some snacks in hand, I hoisted myself up into a new world, spending hours reading and thinking. I was a bit quirky, but I needed this time alone. Is your child wired this way? Parent them into times of quiet.
On dark winter nights as snow sparkled in the moonlight, I ran outside into the yard to make snow angels. For hours, I raced around, falling down, getting up. I would often look up into the sky, just being, thinking. I needed these times to flow in creativity of thought and action.
My memories of childhood remind me that God wired me to BE unique and creative in His Son, Jesus Christ. In childhood, creativity flourishes. As a child, I flowed beautifully in awe and wonder. Perhaps many of us need to get back to being childlike again in our faith, in our creativity, in our lives. Playing with God in the beauty of His holiness, learning His creative ways in relationship will do wonders for our lives.
At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who gets the highest rank in God’s kingdom?” For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me. (Matthew 18:1-5 Message)
Children are creative, playful, innovative, spontaneous, joyful, adventurous, contemplative, risk takers, and more. As creativity is resurrected in Christ, childlike faith will arise to create again. Let’s face it. Christianity is rarely innovative or creative. Why is that? Perhaps we are taking our cues from the world in all its busyness, trying new programs, mimicking or copying what the world is doing to succeed. Jesus is simply telling us to come apart with Him to BE and just do nothing.
There are so many creative thoughts that flow from this reality. Many more blogs to write with more creative encouragement and challenges to come.
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