About fifteen years
ago I was rummaging through some old boxes stacked away in
a forgotten closet when I discovered a stack of poems that
I had written during my childhood. Shaking off the dust and
cobwebs that clung to the thin yellowing paper, I began to
a long-forgotten world - one that sang with romance, adventure
and mystery. It was a world of princesses, heroes and castles, where the princess was always rescued and the dragon always slain. Each flower had a name; children flew on magic carpets and a pot of gold glittered
at the end of every rainbow.
an aching sense of loss. A part of me was buried with these
poems, neatly mummified and hidden away in closets of predictability
and duty. When did I stop dreaming? At what point on the road
to "maturity" did security become more important
than adventure? How did the soldiers of mediocrity skulk into
my heart to capture the free spirits of romance and adventure, locking them up as prisoners of war and slowly starving them
until all that remained were skeletons?
For me, it was a time of reckoning. Something precious had
been lost. Something intrinsic to my life purpose had been
denied, repressed and stuffed into a box labelled "mediocrity".
I prayed a simple prayer, "God, I know you have a bigger
dream for me than I could ever dream for myself. Help me to
discover that dream and give me the courage and faith to embrace it."
of re-igniting my inner dreamer began by reflecting on the creative attributes of God. After
all, the Bible says that we are made in His "image and
live in one of the most spectacular places in the world -
the Columbia valley, nestled between the Rocky and Selkirk
mountain ranges. I have my own name for this piece of paradise -- "The Valley
of Dreams." Whenever I visit, my faith is renewed as
I bask in nature's splendor.
the "Valley of Dreams" as my classroom for lessons
in divine creativity. I went for midnight strolls, entertained
by the moon as she danced on snow-capped mountain peaks. I
listened to the wind playing with the leaves, strumming a
song of mystery and promise and new beginnings. I basked in
the glory of a Rocky Mountain sunrise, celebrated by the chorus
of a thousand robins, blue jays and meadowlarks.
resounded loud and clear. God IS creativity. And since God wants us to strive to cultivate Christ-like characteristics, I am called to reflect God's creative attributes.
What then, can we do to experience a greater release of divine creativity through our own lives? Insights are provided
in the gospel of John, where Jesus Christ said, "I am
the Vine; you are the branches. He that abides in Me, and
I in him, the same will bring forth much fruit."
creativity - like all of God's characteristics - grow in proportion
to our "connectedness" to Him. If we want to be
more creative, we must draw closer to God.
heart was entrenched in the truth that each of us is destined
to express divine creativity, I began to question why. Is creativity
an end in itself? Or is creativity a means to an end?
we are God's own handiwork, (His workmanship)
might do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand)
verse reveals that God created each of us for a purpose. Creativity
is one of the gifts God has given us to achieve that purpose. Until we discover
our own unique purpose, we will be haunted by the question,
"What am I to do with my life, and why?
terms, what does a purposeful life look like? I like what
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Everyone has the power
for greatness - not for fame but greatness, because greatness
is determined by service."
committed myself to the pursuit of understanding my purpose, my life resonated with fresh
vision, creativity and joy. I began to discover unique ways
that I could use my passions and skills to serve others.
has a dream for you - a dream that is much bigger than anything
you could dream for yourself. You will discover that dream as you draw closer to God and commit yourself to developing and using your talents, gifts and resources to serve others.
Judy Rushfeldt is an author, speaker, and
online magazine publisher who has been writing
for 25 years. Her passion is to inspire and
equip women to reach their dreams. Her latest
book, Making Your Dreams Your Destiny - a woman's
guide to awakening your passions and fulfilling
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