Yesterday we had our first “Discovering Creativity” and I think I may have learned a valuable lesson. I do consider myself a creative person, though my creative efforts remain mostly in the realm of words. I write and speak. I rhyme and joke. I use words, many of them all the time and I appreciate those who use words well. I feel a certain facility with words, partly because I have learned ‘the laws of language’. I know my alphabet and for the most part I have learned to spell. Over the years I have gained a vocabulary and I studied grammar in school. This ‘law of language’ has provided the boundaries within, and sometimes without, I practice the art of the written and spoken word.
As I say, I see myself as creative ….until, someone puts a paint brush in my hand! Suddenly I freeze and feel very uncreative! This was my experience in the opening minutes of “Discovering Creativity”. Ed coaxed us to “child-like play” and I wanted to but was not, at all, feeling it. This gradually changed as I listened and watched. Ed did not want me to just child-like begin to slap paint on my ‘canvas’, he gave some simple instructions involving shape and colour and line. It was within these boundaries that our creativity was to flow. I had been frozen by the idea of undisciplined creativity but this idea of creativity within bounds was freeing, just as I am free to versify within the bounds of ‘the law of language’.
It strikes me that this tension between discipline and grace flows through my entire life. Grace, the child-like freedom that is our inheritance as children of God, flows deepest in the channels formed through disciplined lives!
I do not want to live a life of tiresome legalism. My great desire is to know a creative freedom through grace but I so easily turn grace into license. Lent calls us to contemplate a life of spiritual discipline and in keeping such a Lent we dig deep channels for His grace to flow, deep and strong.
We had a marvellous Grand opening and re-launch. Linda and I had both been sick all week but our Street Hope team did a tremendous job! There is a renewed sense of ‘God on the move in our midst’. We believe 2015 will be a year of Break Through for Street Hope. May it be so, Lord. Amen