Accessing Infinite Creativity - Guest Post


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jspic Today's guest post is from my friend from Alaska, Jason Stasyszen. Jason is a guy who loves Jesus, his wife, and his kids. He's also the pastor of Breakthrough Church in Juneau, AK. You can check out his blog at where the goal is to connect with others in a conversation about life, service, and faith while connecting to God who is true Impact.

If you polled a random group of people, I'm sure some would say they were highly creative, some would say they were not creative at all, and some would probably say they fall in the middle.

If we rely on our own feelings or past experiences about the subject, we may find ourselves frustrated. As with anything, we are meant to define ourselves by God's word and character not by our perception of our abilities, skills, and creativity or by what others have told us all our lives. If He is creative, I must be creative because I was reborn into His life and Kingdom.

The Christian in even its earliest use and meaning was to be a “little Christ.” Jesus was not a go-with-the-flow kind of person. He was a reformer. He was a radical. He was passionate and compassionate. Lives changed as they came in contact with Him with His compassion and all the creativity of heaven. Why should it be any different for us?

We are all made in the image of God, the Creator. Everything about God is infinite—His power, love, wisdom, presence, and even creativity. To say we are not creative denies our Creator. The full potential of life, purpose, and creativity is unlocked by seeking Him and responding to His word.

So why do we see the disparity between those who claim to be creative and others?

I believe it's because some are more open to creativity than others and they know how to exercise it.

Pablo Picasso said, “All human beings are born with the same creative potential. Most people squander theirs away on a million superfluous things. I expend mine on one thing and one thing only: my art.” Maybe you have been as guilty as I have, and you have sometimes squandered your creativity or put it on the shelf for selfish or simply meaningless things. Imagine if we aligned our lives and the flow of His creativity completely with eternal values and His Kingdom being brought into the earth.

Whether its pastoring a church, building a business, staying home with the kids, teaching in a high school, working in a retail store, writing songs, having people over for dinner, whatever—we need to ask God for creativity in expressing His heart and purposes wherever we are. Instead of narrowing the focus of our creativity to just what we do, what if we really sought creativity to express who He has made us to be.

His Kingdom is bigger than a church building or a ministry; we are to express Kingdom creativity in every area and facet of our lives.

Have you considered yourself creative? Why or why not? What do you need divine creativity for in your life today?


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Jay Cookingham said…
I always feel that (because I'm an artist) I get extra credit in the divine creativity category...but that's just me. Your post triggered a memory about something I've blogged about before. 

When the creative juices get a bit dry it's good to remember where our gifts come from...His anointing...When we create, when we explore our gifts and push the envelope of who we are as artist I believe (are you ready for this?) we are worshipping. With all my heart I believe the Father’s heart is made glad when we dive into the fullness of creativity…that He has deposited into us! 

Way to supercharge our day bro'...thanks for blessing us!
frank friedl said…
We are all creative because we are made in God's image and he is the author of creation. And you nailed it: some are open to being creative and desire a means to express it, and others aren't. I don't really think of my writing as "creative" in the artistic sense, but it is expressing what God has put on my heart, and that is the essence of creation.
TCAvey said…
I used to keep my writing to myself but God has shown me that  He didn't intend it to be kept secrete. I may never see my novel published, but I  did my part and wrote it and I'm trusting Him to guide me the rest of the way. I may not ever have the most known or visited blog out there, but I am doing what God had called me to do and I am happy...I'm using the creativity He provides and it's awesome!
jasonS said…
I'm the same way, TC. I started writing because I knew God had called me to encourage through writing. I'm not breaking any world records with web traffic, but I am so thankful for the community that has developed and the friendships I have gained. There is something very powerful about using our gifts that He gave us--there is a joy and contentment there even as you're pressing forward. I agree with you. It's just incredible! Thanks TC.
jasonS said…
Yeah, I think so many have limited creativity to an artistic or musical sense when it encompasses so much more. When we continually proclaim, "Oh, I'm not creative" we are binding ourselves in all sorts of ways (life and death are in the power of the tongue). Getting people to see that we need divine creativity for all areas is important! Thanks so much, Frank.
jasonS said…
Yes, yes, yes! We are worshipping. Whether we are creatively writing a song or creatively leading a company or anything else. He gets glory from it because we are stretching beyond the bonds of human wisdom and understanding and stepping into another realm. Thank you, Jay and I so appreciate the opportunity to share at your place. Blessings to you!
TCAvey said…
You're welcome. I feel so blessed to have met you and so many others through blogging. I was unprepared for what a blessing it has been for me. God is so good. So happy to be part of the family of God!
jasonS said…
Absolutely! Thanks again, TC.
floyd said…
Excellent post Jason and of course the host way cool!

I too believe everyone has creativity, just for different things. If we're children of the Father, we've got to possess  some of His designed characteristics.

When I see or hear something in my mind it excites me. The idea of making it come to life and watching become reality does something that the word gratification comes up short on.

I have a design home build business and get to practice this process on a regular basis. It isn't without frustration, but what worth while in life ever is?

I need divine creativity on every front. To think with wisdom is also a form of creativity I believe, one that gets overlooked. Creativity can be in every aspect of our lives if we're thinking and acting on those inner visions.
jasonS said…
Exactly! Whatever passions and dreams drive us, we have access to creativity from our Father for that specific purpose. And yeah, frustration can be in there too, but He gives much more grace! Thanks so much, Floyd.

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