“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness ‘night’. And there was evening and there was morning – the first day.” (Genesis 1: 1 – 5)
How do you get creative? How do you move from nothing to something? From darkness to light? From death to life? What gets turned on in us that makes the difference between aspiration and accomplishment? What helps us overcome frustrations to become a person who fulfills their callings in life?
There are three quick things from the scripture we can remember that will help us move forward with all we need to do. The first is the STIMULATION of the Holy Spirit. When the Triune God begins to create the heavens and the earth and there seems to be only darkness, the Spirit goes deeper. How do we get creative? We choose the right Muse. We turn to the Holy Spirit for power from on high. We wait for the promise until like a mighty rushing wind, we are unleashed to do our work. How do you tap into the Spirit? Through the scriptures? Through prayer? Through Schubert or Mozart or other music? Through exercise or service? What stimulates and anoints your life for faithful accomplishment?
The second source of creativity is the APPLICATION OF AUTHORITY. God speaks and the override from darkness to light is initiated. This is more than positive confession or affirmation. This is faith taking authority to be appropriate for the situation in which we find ourselves. Jesus says “Follow Me” and we move in obedience to walk in his way. We receive an assignment and we get it done. Why? Because it needs to be done. “Necessity is the mother of invention.” This is true because commitment requires creativity. It may follow circular reasoning but it completes the circle: you do what you have to do because you have to do it. Give the command! “Let there be light!” and light is bound to show up.
The third source of creativity is INSPIRATION. The Father shows us what is good and separates it from all of our other thoughts so we can see it and identify it. We have our answer and it is a precious gift. Say, “Thank You” and get on with your work.
I hope this is helpful whenever you are stuck on the surface of things or are hesitant or procastinating. Whenever things are unclear or muddled, do not be afraid. Ask the Lord of creativity to get in you and get to work!