Monday, May 05, 2008

Creativity & God

I was listening to a teaching CD the other day by Rev. Dr. Ladonna Osborn and something she said really stuck out for me:

"Thinking for a Christian is waiting for the Holy Spirit to generate a creative idea in you."

What a profound statement.

As creative people we're constantly searching out our next story idea, our next blog entry :), our next letter to friends . . . but why is it that so often we dig and dig by ourselves without waiting to hear what God might be speaking to us? I'm just as guilty of this as the next person (see my recent blog entry Is it me or God?), so don't think I'm pointing fingers here.

I don't want to forget that God is just waiting to speak to me, and He does all the time. It's ME who either doesn't hear, or more often than not, doesn't take the time to pause and LISTEN.

As Christians, we're supposed to be a little bit different from everyone else. We're not supposed to think like the world. I encourage you to take time to pause and wait on the Lord at some point during your day today and listen to the ideas that pop up in your head. And don't let your mind talk you out of receiving a creative idea just because you think it's you and not God. Chances are it's the Holy Spirit nudging you, like He so beautifully does.

Think about it. Your next creative endeavor could come straight from the Lord Himself! Will you receive it?

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
--Proverbs 8:12 (KJV)


goodnewscowboy said...

Awesome advice CJ.Sounds advice for me right now. Definitely a word in season. Tnx!

Carla Gade said...

Hi C.J., this is indeed profound! God gave us all minds that operate with or without a faith in Him, but what a special resource we have as believers to heed His divine inspiration for our creative thoughts!
Carla Gade,
Carnival of Christian Writers Coordinator