“In the Beginning…”
This week I was honored to teach a Lay Speaking class on “Leading Prayer” for the Virginia United Methodist Conference. I begin this class with a simple and deep theological concept of Creativity in Incarnation. It goes something like this:
God Created us.
We are Created in the Image of God the Creator.
Thus All of Us are Creative.
I believe this with all my heart. Like Pablo Picasso said, “All children are born Artists, the miracle is that some of us stay that way.” We were born with a God-given nature to be creative. It is within our DNA to weave, to paint, to post, to gather words, sticks, and bits of dirt and make something new out of them.
And this really shouldn’t come as a surprise, because even Jesus was an Artist. Look at how he spins yarns and folk-tales. “There once was a man who had two sons…” Listen as he exaggerates beyond belief in hyperbole. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle…” Watch as he takes mud and creates sight. Listen as he uses spit to make a man hear. Feel his warm welcome to a demoniac that a whole region had avoided and driven into the tombs.
Somewhere, someone along the way told you that you were not like God. They told said your drawing wasn’t right. They told you that your writing was incomprehensible. They saw what you built in wood-shop and derided it. They tore apart the genes of creativity that God had blessed you. They attempted to dampen or put out the spark of the Divine Creator, but today I say no.
Reclaim the incarnation of “Emmanuel” as God within us. There is a Creator who has placed within your heart a prayer, a song, a dance, a vision. Like a Muse posing before an Artist, God is battting eyes at you waiting for you to put your brush to the canvas. Be inspired. The Creative Creator Created You – a Creative Creation born to Create!
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