We Are Not Too Cool For The Church- Joy Jungle in ‘I Am A Creative’ Series
The reality is that we were created to create and when we don’t we can sometimes feel alien and banal. We have world-changing ideas (most of which we never share) but we often distance ourselves from the creative process because we feel incompetent or that our ideas are unachievable. In order for us to confidently follow through with our dreams we have to understand who we are and why we are as a collective identity – it makes sense, promise!
Since creativity is not separate from God, then you, creative, are not either.
We hope that the next bit of information will give a different perspective on creativity and you will be able to extract information that is useful to you. Now this isn’t a complete list, but five points that we really want you to consider as a premise to creative discovery.
Creativity is not separate from God
Yes, I mentioned the capital G and I could never go on about creativity without a shout out to the Creator. He is the OG creator as he creates out of nothing!
The way that we create is a little different as we are inspired creatives, drawing on the knowledge of the Creator whether directly or from the world around us. For some of us, we see and we paint; we think and we write; we dream and we assemble. It’s supernatural when you think about it really!
So since creativity is not separate from God, then you, creative, are not either. You have the mind to think and imagine things beyond our realm, and bring concepts into this space- that’s awesome! Here’s a challenge, ask God for inspiration and create! Let us know what you come up with.
Creativity belongs to the church
It’s quite simple really. There’s no reason why, as a Christian, you should feel boxed in by a few stagnant no bible studying folk who think that there’s only a few permissible and recognised creative gifts.
But on the flip side, we are not too cool for the church. Listen creatives, we do not need to use our God-given gifts, talents and creative genius outside of His purpose. We totally get it, your local church might be draining you for programmes, and having you create flyers and strategies for promotion and singing everywhere and even now no one has asked you how you’re doing. But please don’t run away, run in. Now don’t misquote us, we’re not advising you not to explore beyond the four walls of your local church. We’re saying that there is a rightful place for creativity in the church and that it is in this space, amongst the brethren, is where your gifts, talents and creative genius should be nurtured and supplemented.
Creativity is a normal part of the Christian lifestyle
All we’re doing is what we see from the Father. We know that we cannot really create, only God can ‘bara’. What we’re doing is materialising what we see, what we hear or what we perceive. It is impossible to sit in with the Creator and not be inspired to move, to write, to think, to change, to act.
Who is to say that you purpose, gifting and calling are all neatly packed in one?
Remember that we are an extension of God on earth. He is Creator – we create. He is multifaceted and like our father, so are we.
Going off a little here, but let’s think about God’s multifaceted nature. If we are created in His likeness, then as creatives, we are multifaceted too. So yes, I know they told you to find your purpose gifting and calling, but who is to say that these are all neatly packed in one? People will always try and stress what they can see. You might sing once in church and people will start calling you a psalmist, but little do they know that you’re also a brilliant administrator and strategist. The truth is, creativity must not be limited. Be free, create! Do not allow others to squeeze your identity into one gift, as they will start to abuse this.
Creativity is natural!
Can you smell that? Easy like Sunday morning right? That is exactly what it feels like when you’re doing what you’re born to do. It may not happen at first, but it will more and more once you start accepting what might seem to be insignificant ideas. Jot them down and build on them. Stop expecting everything to be perfect straight away and just do exactly as you’re lead.
They might not get it straight away.
Sorry yeah. We know the feeling. Took you a long time to finally release that song? Got a new idea for a gaming app and you finally share with your friends and you get that dead response. It’s okay! This is not a reflection on who you are. Keep going and you will see that over time your genius will attract even the most rigid minds. Creativity softens even the toughest of hearts.
This post originally appeared on JoyJungle. JoyJungle is a dedicated safe place for the equipping and mobilising of creatives. Their aim is to support creatives who desire to be healthy and whole and not just gifted and talented. You connect with them on Facebook and Instagram and find out more on their website.
‘I am a creative’ series aims to challenge the pre-conceived idea of being a ‘creative’ through various content and interviews with young talented individuals. We showcase the different ways that creativity can be expressed whilst promoting and celebrating what creatives are doing. We discuss topics affecting young creatives and challenge people to identify and express the creative nature within them even in unconventional and counter cultural ways.
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