So, I had great fun being on the radio last night. The lovely Lorna Farrell invited James Renwick, the Healing Rooms intern, and myself onto her evening show on Revival FM to talk about Healing Rooms and healing in general. A touch nervous as I set off for the station, but armed with a raft of website print outs, I met with James at Starbucks to plan out who was going to cover what.
Of course, as soon as we got settled in the studio, Lorna immediately put us both at ease and the conversation flowed from there. Plenty of laughs, a lot of good talk about healing and what God is doing in Scotland in this day, and some prayer for listeners who got in contact made for a quick two hours which went pretty well!
It got me thinking though — how great it is that three people talking about something they’re into can be entertaining for others. That coming together and talking is a very simple form of creation. Lorna created entertainment just by asking us interesting questions and others benefited from that act of creation. It also, for me, highlights one of the most important aspects of creativity: that it causes new things to exist simple through a natural, built-in, aspect of our humanity. That’s just crazy to me. But it makes perfect sense. If we are children of the God that defines creativity — all creation is His work — and we are made in His image and likeness, that means we too are creative in the same manner. My pastor, Jake Chadney, writes more eloquently and convincingly about this in an article called “Creative Growth”.
We as a church have had a couple of weekends together exploring creativity for creativity’s sake. We called them Creative Discovery Weekends and there was a good selection of different things to try. The point was to engage in the creative process, not to do ‘good art’. I feel the distinction between arty and creative can be summed up like this: that art is there to be judged and therefore, to some extent, can be good or bad. The creative process, however, is just that — a process. It is neither good nor bad, attractive or ugly. It is the exercise of taking a base substance — clay, paint, ideas, blank film, a musical instrument — and producing something. And that act of birthing something new is exciting!
There is an intriguing article that I read the other day that states this:
The labor one performs transforms something in the environment, which in turn transforms you. The act of creation shapes you as a man, refines your sensibilities, improves your strengths, hones your concentration, and builds your character. Passive consumption leaves you untouched and unchanged. Consumptions breeds indifference; creation begets empowerment.
Wow! The act of creativity can expand your whole character? Now you have my attention!
And that, I suppose, is a great manifesto for the existence of this blog. I hope that the act of occasionally sitting down and forming a thought or making an observation or a connection between things will, in turn, open up more creativity in me. I want to grow in this area. I want to be creative in my thinking because I believe we’re coming into an age where the old arguments and wisdom will no longer cut it. That we will need to have a creative capacity to make the connections between what God is doing and what man is struggling with.
So, although this entry has meandered a bit, it has awakened in me just a touch more creativity, and that’s good enough for me!