Stuck. Need an idea. On a deadline. Not feeling creative. What to blog? Design? Do? Ever been there? Stuck! But not really.
A few weeks ago I told our congregation—“The future belongs to the creators,” adding that, twenty years from now, if you’re not a creative you’ll have no future. I then reminded them that in the ‘90’s I told them, “Twenty years from now, if you’re not computer literate it will be like being illiterate today.” Yea, verily, I am a prophet.
The good news is, (one of my famous quotes that needs to find its way into a quote book), “The Creator created creators.” We were made to be creative. The history of humankind is a history of creativity—from two sticks being rubbed together, to flint and steel, to sulfur matches, to safety matches, to Bic lighters, to atom bombs, we constantly create. Today we are creating artificial intelligence. BTW—I’m not worried about “AI” artificial intelligence replacing me—I’m creative. So are you, you were made to be creative. (I am a little concerned with “AI” trying to take over, which is why I hope that the creators of artificial intelligence are creative enough to install an off switch.)
I spoke with a talented young musician saying, “If I were a musician I’d be spending all of my time writing songs.” I went on to explain that the number three means of making millions in America is proprietary ideas—and a song is a proprietary idea. One song can create a small fortune, two songs even more, put together a string of average hits and you have real money. She responded that she wanted to but struggled with the inspiration. I told her, as I’ve told others, that creativity doesn’t require inspiration. The world is full of untapped creative ideas that remain untapped because the creative who holds the idea is waiting for inspiration. Don’t believe it? Read on.
The song, “White Christmas” is the biggest selling single in history. Bing Crosby’s version sold fifty million copies, another fifty million singles were sold by other artists, and it continues to sell today. The song was written in August, in LaQuinta, California, a setting that does not engender thoughts of a sentimental white Christmas. Where did the song come from? From the creative heart of Irving Berlin and a contract to create music for a movie.
The same can be said of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was an inside joke between the two that, as Lennon was renovating, and expanding his estate, he would say to McCartney, “Let’s go write a swimming pool.” Think of it—“Yesterday,” one of the most beautiful and recorded songs every written may have been written because John Lennon needed a swimming pool.
Most creativity isn’t created for wealth or fame, most of our creativity comes from the need to create—“The Creator created creators.” I have an oil painting in my office. Our janitor, would be making a fine living as an artist if he weren’t so busy working and could find his market, asked, “Did you paint this?” I confessed that I did. My mother was a painter, my son-in-law is an artist, two of our grand-daughters are artists, and I thought, “I wonder if I can paint?” So, I bought a canvas and some oil paints, and set to work. Quite creditably I might add. At least everything is in perspective, the palm trees look like palm trees, and you can tell that the grave is empty. Our janitor said, “You did a nice job.” Of course he did, he’s on our payroll. Why did I create my masterpiece? Because creators create and I wanted to see if I could create a painting. The future belongs to the creative.
When you join me “Behind The Door,” I’m going to share seven things that will help you to get rid of whatever is blocking your creativity. Before you go there let me encourage you to sow a seed into this ongoing ministry. As you do I want you to expect increase to manifest in your life as we claim the promises of Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived, for God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” I might add that was written in the context of those who are taught supporting those who teach. Your added benefit is that you are sowing into prosperity teaching and what you sow is what you grow!