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Creating Begets Creativity

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!

Good Friends

I’ve been blessed with good friends my whole life. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t tend to have loads of friends at one time, but one or two very good friends, comrades, compadres to share the journey with.

So for me to have three good buddies at one time is unusual, and that we all shared a common interest just made our time together cool. Ben, Dan and Allan and I have been in a band together for the last 9 months or so, but it’s all come to an amicable end.

We were never entirely sure how long term the band was going to be or what it would look like. I was personally just enjoying regularly hooking up with these fine men, hanging out and joking around, and sometimes playing music together. It took us a few months to see it for what it was: loads of fun together.

With Dan’s decision to move back to the USA, and with the knowledge that there is a full-time worship leading call on Ben & Allan’s lives, and me knowing that music is not my focus for now, we are all done as a band. We played our last gig at Dan’s recent CD launch night which was fitting as the CD was the only tangible output of the band, it being the main focus for the whole time we’ve been together.

So, this post is a wee tribute to three awesome men of God — legends, even — who have been great fun to walk with.

Dan: thank you for all your encouragement in the area of music, my ability, and the opportunity to take part in the creation of the CD was awesome. I pray your journey is just beginning, that everthing so far is the warmup lap, and now you are heading off for the real thing. Wherever you end up will be a blessed place indeed. You are a very very good man; be everything you can be. Do it!

Ben: you are such a brilliant, brilliant musician. I think you greatly underestimate your skills, but you are so inventive, so precise, so passionate! Thank you for always being the first to pray, the first to encourage and the one who always knows the funny thing to say, even if it is just over the line! Pursue your dreams, mate!

Allan: you are SO gifted, and you are so humble with it. I’m so glad you have known from an early stage what your gifting is and how you’ve been faithful to pursue it. You have me in stitches, especially when you and Ben are messing around, and you are so encouraging. You too need to go for it in a big way and watch how God blesses it.

All three of you are very talented, gifted and annointed musicians, humble and funny, loyal and encouraging. I am blessed, and my life is enriched, by knowing you.

The band is dead, but our friendships live on. Amen!

Relationship For The Lost

God wants relationship with us. This is not new information – we’ve been hearing of the call to intimacy build and build recently. However, for me the focus of that message has always been about falling in Love with our Father and our Saviour. This is so important and is fundamental to our growth, our anointing and our giftings, but God had been speaking to me recently about a practical side-effect of this intimacy.

How can we be most effective? How can God make best use of our willingness to serve?

Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.”

We have set our sights on doing God’s will, but it is Father God that guides where our feet must go and what our actions must be. For those of us who have decided to make the growth of His Kingdom our primary concern, this fact is absolutely key to our success. We know we want to serve Him and to do His will, and we position ourselves for this, but we must learn to rely on His continual guidance through each day of our lives if we are to have the greatest impact possible.

In the Old Testament, for a prophet to hear God’s voice was a big event and sometimes we are waiting for the big unmistakable voice of God to reverberate through our heads, dictating our next big move. However, we are under the new covenant therefore we have an on-going relationship with the Holy Spirit where we can hear His voice through the day, every day and, like Brother Lawrence, I think we need to pursue “The Practice of the Presence of God” to hear that still small voice, to know and understand His ways.

God doesn’t play by the rules. So much of Jesus’ ministry was shocking both theologically and culturally. The Father sent Him into the company of people representing the untouchables of Jewish society. I think Jesus must have been in very close communication with Father to be so determined, to have the guts to revolutionise society’s concept of who was acceptable. He must have been aware of Father God directing his steps so precisely, allowing His day to be directed so completely. So for us to go beyond our own barriers of what we perceive to be ‘right’, we will need that precise guidance too.

I saw this as I was reading the story of Zacchaeus [Luke 19: 1-10]:

1 Jesus was passing through Jericho. 2 A man named Zacchaeus was there. He was the director of tax collectors, and he was rich. 3 He tried to see who Jesus was. But Zacchaeus was a small man, and he couldn’t see Jesus because of the crowd. 4 So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a fig tree to see Jesus, who was coming that way.

5 When Jesus came to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down! I must stay at your house today.”

6 Zacchaeus came down and was glad to welcome Jesus into his home. 7 But the people who saw this began to express disapproval. They said, “He went to be the guest of a sinner.”

8 Later, at dinner, Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Lord, I’ll give half of my property to the poor. I’ll pay four times as much as I owe to those I have cheated in any way.”

9 Then Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “You and your family have been saved today. You’ve shown that you, too, are one of Abraham’s descendants.

10 Indeed, the Son of Man has come to seek and to save people who are lost.”

Look at verse 5. Jesus is in Jericho, not His hometown, so it’s a good bet that he doesn’t actually know of Zacchaeus either by name or by sight. But He speaks directly to Him, calling him by name, as if they are good friends. He is being directed by Father God to a man that is ready to hear. Zacchaeus’ response is telling: he was glad to welcome him and, further down, his life is so transformed that he gives up half of all his wealth and wants to repay fourfold to anyone he has cheated.

The crowd did not approve of who Jesus wanted to hang out with, but the fruit of the encounter was a whole family turned around: saved, healed & delivered. And the funny thing is that this scornful crowd will be treated more fairly by the transformation of this reformed Tax Collector!

I believe Zacchaeus was ripe for the picking. I believe Father God directed Jesus to encounter him at just the right time and place and in just the right way to unlock that wee man’s heart.

Think about the heavily afflicted man living in tombs on the shore of Galilee. It says in Mark 5 that Jesus got into the boat to cross the lake. When they got there, the man that lived there came out to meet Him and, once Jesus had sent all the demons into the herd of pigs, He said His farewells and got back into the boat and crossed the lake again. The only reason for the trip was to set this man free. He knew why and where He was going. Father God was directing His steps and that is why no storm on a lake stopped Him.

Think about the woman at the well in John 4. We know the story well: a woman living a sinful life meets Jesus who speaks to her of her sin. She changes the subject, not wanting to speak about her past, and Jesus chooses this supposedly unclean woman to reveal His true identity. As we know, the well was in a town called Sychar, in Samaria. The normal route for Jews between Judea and Galilee was the long way around, avoiding Samaria as there was a lot of hatred between the Jews and the Samaritans. It seems the only reason He went this way was to have a meeting with a thirsty woman who needed someone to cross the racial divide to bring her a never-ending drink of life.

And that is how He wants to move through us. He wants us to be in close, intimate relationship with Him so He can direct us in the moment-by-moment of our days. He wants us to so know His voice that we have a surety to our actions that will allow us to press through the storms the enemy would bring. He’s looking for a people that know His heart and that are willing to be changed by taking on His compassion for the untouchables of society. He wants to take that willing heart we have and guide our steps to reach a desperate and needy world, unlocking hearts one-by-one, each in the right time and place, in just the right way.

Welcome!

Cam McVeyHaving been online since the mid-Nineties, this is probably the 13th attempt at a personal website. And, as always, I have high hopes that this one will be the one. At any rate, please have a wander around here and get in touch if you so wish.

Blessings, Cam

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