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From a Mothers Heart week of November 3, 2011

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By Bea Wallen

 

From a Mothers Heart

Creativity Has So Many Different Expressions

        

God is the great example of creativity for he was marvelously creative in making out world. His work of creation was most amazing when he created man – a thinking, spiritual living in his own image.

Genesis 1:1-31, Then God said, “Let there be light and there was light.” Hebrews 11:3, We understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command that what we mow see did not come from anything that can be seen. We make things with our hands as directed by our minds. But God made the universe by command.

God also recreates us, transforms us inside, when we ask the Holy Spirit into our lives in becoming Christians. God’s creative expression is an example to us to use our creative expression in ways that glorify and praise him.

It’s important to remember that God’s love is at the heart of his creativity. He created us so that we could have fellowship with him. He created the world so that we could enjoy it. Since we are made in his image it would seem logical then that our creativity flow from a character of love also.

God had a purpose for us to be creative. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands (Psalm 78:72 NLT). God made us creative so that we could express ourselves in a million different ways, we’re able to worship, to sing, to love, to help, to play music, to make things, to think through problems. But each expression of our creativity needs to be God honoring. We have a responsibility to reflect God’s image in appropriate ways.

Why does an artist paint a musician play, or an author write? Because they are overflowing with ideas and must express them. Creativity is the overflow of a full heart and mind when we take the time to fill up on what is beautiful and what is true. We can’t spend our energy on worthless pursuits and stay creative, because creativity requires energy too. IF we want our creativity to express the things of God, then we must always be filling up on God’s spirit and wisdom. Psalm 45:1, My heart overflows with a beautiful thought. I will recite a lovely poem to the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

On the other hand our creativity could become our undoing. With our hands and our work we can fashion something to sustain us or something to lead us astray.

Worldly, satanic lyrics to songs are not only displeasing to God, but can destroy our society. The creativity of most movies is destructive. We can look around our world and see and hear both good and bad creativity. Satan has his hand into trying to destroy everything God meant for our good.

In Isaiah 44:6-20, we read about the foolishness of idol makers. The idol maker carved an idol from a block of wood. With the wood from the same tree, he cooked is meals and kept himself warm.

We too, create little gods out of things we make or do for ourselves, our jobs, out possessions, even our creative works. It is shortsighted to forget that the ultimate source of all things is out ultimate creator.

We must take time to soak up all that is beautiful and pleasing to God. Take time to think. As you inner wells fill up, you can be sure that the creativity will soon be glowing out of your life in productive ways.

From my Heart