November 11, 2019 at 1:20 pm #41807Madame SidlerKeymaster
Andrew doesn’t just talk about writing in this book, although he is a writer and I know a lot of us are also. In chapter 6, he talks about gardening and flooring, rock-stacking and forest-claiming.
It’s easy to think of creativity as a thing “writers” or “artists” or even “creatives” do (and Andrew would have some well-practiced rants about calling ourselves “creatives“). But what else can we put in this category? What qualifies as creativity? What feels more or less validly creative? Why do you think that is?
November 11, 2019 at 2:39 pm #41812Caleb JoreGuest
I really liked how AP said that people shouldn’t be divided into the classes of “creatives” and “non-creatives”. Many people are under the impression that the only creative people are those who write or paint or something like that, but there are many things we do every day that are creative whether we realize it or not.
For example, a person who enjoys math might not like doing anything under the traditional category of creativity. But even when they sit down to work a math problem, they are using their creativity to find a way to solve the problem, often without realizing it.
It’s been helpful to know that I shouldn’t give up on a task because I don’t think I’m creative enough. Knowing that I was created to create is always a reassuring voice.
November 12, 2019 at 1:43 pm #41850Kara ChaseGuest
This is a great point being made here, for many reasons, not the least of which being that the Body of Christ is in no way needful of any further segregating ideas, thank you very much. Remember Lewis’ the “Inner ring”?
Sandra McCracken eloquently unfolds concepts of creativity in the book “It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God”. I’ll share a few of her words:
“As a musician and a songwriter by trade, I have the fortune of contemplating these ideas at length. But art is not just for career artists. As I interact with other writers, caregivers, teachers, engineers, doctors, neighbors, yoga instructors, bus drivers, and every other kind of person I meet, I have been convinced that everyone who has been made in God’s image (which is everybody) is alive to this same mandate.”
She further describes her dual roles as mother and performing artist, “…these life roles each require different skills, but not one is more lofty or one less spiritual. In my most ordinary days of mopping the kitchen floor when I am desperate need of a shower and a double espresso, I am doing caregiving work that is no less in value to performing songs in front of a few hundred people under lights and applause. And I have to preach this truth to myself at both ends of that spectrum. I cannot get by with ego as a performer nor set-pity as a mother. They both answer to the same value system-the finished work of Jesus. Under this measurement I always come up short, and under this same measurement I always have exceedingly more than I could ask for.”
November 18, 2019 at 12:51 pm #42091Madame SidlerKeymaster
You guys, both of you made such good points. I quoted them in Friday’s post. 😀
Caleb, you know what I love about yours? The idea that MATH can be creative! It makes so much sense when you think about it, but it’s easy to think of math as uncreative or even opposed to creativity. (I mean, math and science are not even included in THAGS, right?)
Kara, I haven’t read that book (although I am familiar with it through Ned Bustard), but that is a great quote. Loving and caretaking are creative acts if anything is.
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