Passion - Becoming Creative Again? Part 1

May 17, 2019

Part 1.

 

I’m on my 3rd career now.  From the business of the corporate world during the past 15 years, most of my job now is divided between being a personal carer and a reborn creative person.Recently, I’ve found myself reflecting back to my formative creative years, as an art student and medical illustrator. Like all art students, college further shaped a way of seeing already within, developing it further to looking at the world differently.

 

 

When I glanced back at my story, I can now see that before asking Christ into my life, and for quite some time afterwards, my creativity was performance related. All I did had an element of performance in it, drawn  as I was to create using mixed media, photography, music and video, often in collaboration with others, conveying what I in partnership perceived of this world and our comments on it.

 

It wasn’t until in the late 90’s, when working on projects with other Christian musicians and creatives, I began to recognise my ‘performance commitment change’. It began to dawn on me that I didn’t need to impress God with what I was doing to be accepted by him.  He wanted me to create in partnership with Him, even in the midst of performance and in doing so I would find a joy not previously experienced.  In my core I began to understand that producing creatively, even in performance, comes after a relationship and that for Christian creatives, God is always the initiator to which we respond. 1 John 1: we loved Him because He first loved us.

 

Previously I had been trying to express my love for God through my creativity, but had not entered into that place of receiving, a scared place in which worship is so important. Whether in music, dance, writing or the visual arts; whether in the celebration of nature or the human condition, it is all part of the worship of Him that is the beginning of any creative process.

 

I used to be very poor at receiving - I still struggle now.  It has only been during the last few years when my life circumstances came crashing in, forcing me to let go and stop trying to prove I was worthy, that I was able to start receiving freely, change my approach and begin to see the fruit of my creativity as I collaborated in a meaningful way with God.

 

In his grace and mercy I’m entering a new season of being the creative person he has always intended me to be, his plan. Jeremiah 29:11.

 

 

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