When I wrote this, I was on my way back from a conference in Vegas. I know, I know. You can rag on me later. While in Vegas, my boss and I went to see the Vegas show, Le Reve (it’s French for “the dream”). From the set design, to the lighting, to the costumes and choreography, this show was an amazing spectacle of human creativity and ingenuity.
I marvelled at the set design and configurations that were created within a relatively small (and confined) space. The theater is in the round so there is no back stage or side stages to store a lot of props and set changes. All of the stage changes have to come up from the floor (which is also a big pool) or from the ceiling. It was astounding to see what different designs appeared out of the watery set.
There is a link, I believe, to our Creator and our capacity to be creative. For some, it is a natural gift (much like the creators of Le Reve or other Cirque du Soleil-type shows.) For others, it exists, but needs to be nurtured and shaped and allowed to express itself. We need creative people in our communities to serve as ambassadors and heralds not only to redeem those areas of culture, but also to show us what is possible when we dream and dare to move beyond our current thoughts and trends.
Creativity spans all kinds of industries, above and beyond art and media; although, we need artists in all fields and should encourage “Christian” artists to move beyond walls of the church and seek to be missional in their art and in their sphere of influence. How can an artist share the Gospel with other artists? How can he or she create an organic community of believers who share the same passion? How do artists and creatives share the Gospel of Jesus in their different medium and subcultures?
What about inventors, entrepreneurs and other business creative-types? My father-in-law has a keen knack for business and being creative in financing certain business deals. I am amazed at how he thinks when it comes to business. I have much to learn from someone like him in the area of business creativity. There are opportunities for people like that to teach and train others and impact the business community as well as their local communities. What if those people formed small groups or MasterMind groups to teach and train others all the while pursuing opportunities to share the Gospel and God’s love with them? What if they had a heart for the community and training up the next generation about the in’s and out’s of business?
While we are not all called to be creative, part of our nature comes from the Creator, and so there is within all of us the capacity to create. Whether that’s through business, the arts, education, or ministry, let us seek the author of creativity as we also seek to glorify Him in each of our areas of calling.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth. (Isaiah 40:28)