Self-Diagnosing Your Creative Roadblocks

God has placed us in a universe in which creativity can flourish. A virtually limitless palette to draw from as we go beyond imagination.

But due to a variety of factors, our creative output sometimes declines. What detours can you take around roadblocks to improve your creative quality and quantity?

Here are some questions you can use for self-coaching. To get the most out of the questions, be sure to either write down your answers or have a friend ask you. Continue reading “Self-Diagnosing Your Creative Roadblocks”

And It Is Wonderful

“Starchild” from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

Psalm 139:13-14 says…

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

This portion of Psalm 139 is about God and us – in that order. And it is wonderful.

Biblically, God is always the initiator. In verse 13 of this Psalm, God forms us. This combination of creating and giving life is intrinsic to God. It’s who he is. Continue reading “And It Is Wonderful”

How will You Live as an Artist in God’s Presence?

 


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If our chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever, then the purpose of our art, and our life as an artist, is to enjoy God.

Glorifying God and enjoying him. One leads to the other. This doesn’t mean that every moment of our artistic life is a sugar high. Enjoying God is the slow, steady build-up of knowing that being in his arms is the right place to be.

Creating art knits our heart to God. This reality is certainly one of the reasons that creativity is a spiritual battle. This battle, this struggle, manifests itself in a variety of ways, many of which creatives are quite familiar with. Continue reading “How will You Live as an Artist in God’s Presence?”

What does God-led Creativity Look Like?


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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

We are God’s creation, his poem, his work of art. We’re carefully, lovingly created and formed for his exquisite pleasure and our deepest joy.

We’re created and formed for God’s purpose. His purpose is always good, although sometimes it does not feel that way. Continue reading “What does God-led Creativity Look Like?”

How Will You Combine Self-Expression and Beyond-Imagination?


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“I reached out for something to attach myself to—and I found nothing. But in reaching out, in the effort to grasp, to attach myself, left high and dry as I was, I nevertheless found something I had not looked for—myself.”
   – Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller

Self-expression is limiting, but necessary for authentic art. This quote is positive in its finding of self. We should plummet the depths of who we are and be authentic in our artistic expression. And we should seek to continually do this as we grow, develop and change as individuals.

And yet, there’s an emptiness in the quote, in the sense of finding nothing beyond self. Continue reading “How Will You Combine Self-Expression and Beyond-Imagination?”

How has God Built You?


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Psalm 139:13-14
For you formed my inward parts;
   you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
   my soul knows it very well.

God has made each of us unique. Special. One of a kind. Each of us has something no one else has. And each of us has something the world needs. Continue reading “How has God Built You?”

What is the Connection between God and Creativity?


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What does God think about artists? Does he care? Does he even notice?

If everything was right, if we could clearly see the brushstrokes on the canvas of the created world, then the first words of the Bible would inspire endless creativity, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Continue reading “What is the Connection between God and Creativity?”