CREATIVITY

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To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. When (not if) we are wrong, we learn from our mistakes then recreate.

We must then not fear being wrong, because this is part of our growth and progress towards our goals. In the Christian life, the Fathers of the Church teach that we need to get up every time we fall, because repentance is courageous!

Pay attention carefully. After the sin comes the shame; courage follows repentance. Did you pay attention to what I said? Satan upsets the order; he gives the courage to sin and the shame to repentance.

+ St. John Chrystotom, Homily 8, On Repentance and Almsgiving (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series)

Repentance

If we don’t want to get up and allow God’s grace to fill us after we have fallen or made mistakes, we won’t be able to do all the good works that we were meant to do!

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10

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Living a creative life can mean exploring one’s own potential and realizing one’s gifts in order to “custom-create” a unique path of life to fit you.

Your life cannot be that of your neighbor, so you (and me) need to cultivate a spirit of unique creativity in our life.

I love this part from Exodus about how God gifts people His Holy Spirit to create and teach!

Then Moses said to the children of Israel, “Behold, God has called by name Bezalel the of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with a divine Spirit of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in all things to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship. He has put in his mind and in that of Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach. He filled them with wisdom, understanding, and skill to do all manner of work of the holy place, and to weave the woven and embroidered work with scarlet and fine linen, and to do all work of curious workmanship and embroidery.

Exodus 35:30-35

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God is the Ultimate Creator and He gifts us with His Spirit to share in His creation!

With love,

M.

4 May 2018

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