Fun & Play for More Creativity

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The following is an excerpt from the book I am currently writing called, Hardwired for Life: Art Supplies for the Mind.


“A merry heart does good, like medicine…” — Proverbs 17:22, New King James Version (NKJV)

We must play and have fun because we will often need to refill and recover after long periods of creative activity. Creativity can be even more draining than other mental work activities because it is emotionally challenging. It’s emotional to tap into our target audience’s thoughts, feelings, and desires. It takes some intentional and serious mental gymnastics to walk a mile in our user, viewer, or reader’s shoes. We have to become someone else as we develop our craft in order to get it right. What better way to recover than to have some fun?

Creative work demands creative outlets for us to rest and reset our bodies, spirits and souls. Having fun and playing around are perfect ways to restore our energy and creative flow. When we are having fun, we are disengaged from stress, chaos and drama. The world takes a back seat when we are having fun and nothing else matters. Pain and other symptoms of dysfunction disappear during play and our bodies thrive in the rest.

When we are creative, we are drawn into the “now” moment and are able to tap into God’s power and Spirit. The same is true when we are having fun. We become childlike when we play and can find the innocence it takes to connect with God. Play needs to be creative and fun.

Play is full of joy and peace though it can take on a competitive quality that brings more stress than healing. Fun on the other hand is just fun without agendas. True strength and power come from the type of creative play that leaves us laughing and experiencing joy. Joy carries permanent healing, whereas play can be used unwisely and only holds temporary stress relief.

Using Play in Our Lives

People often use play ineffectively. Many forms of sports and hobbies are considered play. We play golf, we play football, we play tennis, etc. all of which have the stresses of technicality, strategy, and physical and mental strain. Play can become a war with ourselves and others.

We have a built-in need to play as human beings that must be satisfied. Unfortunately, we also play at war. Play that is unrighteous puts us at odds with one another. We end up playing negatively in battle with each other at all levels of government and society. We compete with political parties, we rival with fashion, and we chance our health, all in destructive ways.

The key is understanding that innate need we have to play and use it constructively for God’s Kingdom. We can use play for God’s Kingdom by getting healthy and then helping others to play effectively. We must heal in body, spirit, and soul in order to begin to make an ongoing difference in God’s Kingdom. Healing helps us to be wise about our service to God. We also become more creative when we are working from wholeness.

We will never be perfect here on earth, but we can heal enough to run our race of salvation as a winner. When we are healed, we see God’s will and plan for our lives. We can see that we are truly victorious just where we are at, and that is a priceless expression of success. When we are healed, we know that we are running the best race possible. We are co-creating with God, we are having creative fun and playing appropriately in our lives, and we are more free.

God is Faithful

He Wants to Trust Us

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God is faithful to us even when we are not being faithful to Him. He is constantly working to keep us safe, to guide our ways, and to nurture love in our lives. He is our Champion in every way. He supports and promotes us minute by minute. And He teaches us to be like Him. He carries the majority of our relationship with Him in His fullness and power. We need only lean into Him and He responds immediately.

We can trust Him.

The easiest way to understand, know and believe the trust God has for us and how we can trust Him is to read the Bible. The Word of God is a critical tool and manual for living. And of course, it will build our faith overall. As we understand trust more, we are capable of greater things.

The Word says to take care of the little things in life to be trusted for more in Luke 19:17, TPT which reads, “Splendid! You have done well, my excellent servant. Because you have shown that you can be trusted in this small matter, I now grant you authority to rule over ten fortress cities.” Trust then needs to be developed and increased as we work to mature in Christ Jesus. The best part is that He will show us how.

He is wise and gives wise guidance as we trust in Him, not in our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5–6, TPT says, “Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.” We are limited in this human form and need His help and support on a daily basis. We need intimate relationship with Him.

Excerpt from my current book: Hardwired to Trust God: And Exploring Trust for Ourselves & Others.

Higher Worship

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Lower Assumptions

Let’s be honest. We’ve done Worship. We’ve sung out of tune, raised our flags, been on the floor and have even forced ourselves to “feel” the anointing. We’ve wanted more and have sought more at churches, conferences, and small group meetings.

We’ve also been loved in intimate moments with the King. We’ve been in that indescribable place with the Lord where everything is right with the world. We’ve been healed in body, spirit and soul. We’ve cried with Him, laughed with Him, and loved Him.

And He takes in our awkward humanity and loves us anyway.

Jesus loves us anyway.

We don’t even have to try, strive, or get worked-up into a charismatic frenzy.

He loves us anyway.

A New Season

Twenty-twenty has really marked a new season with us. We are living at a time in history when we get to let go of the old and embrace the new. We now find ourselves out of the Church age and in the Kingdom age. But what does that mean for how we Worship God?

It means trying new things. It means having the only expectation we need: love. It means having the right motivations with a tender heart toward God, ourselves and others.

So, try things you’ve never done. Worship Him in everything you do. Fix your eyes upon Him. And Worship in Spirit and Truth.

20 So tell me this: Why do our fathers worship God here on this nearby mountain, but your people teach that Jerusalem is the place where we must worship. Which is right?”

Jesus responded, 21 “Believe me, dear woman, the time has come when you won’t worship the Father on a mountain nor in Jerusalem, but in your heart. 22 Your people don’t really know the One they worship. We Jews worship out of our experience, for it’s from the Jews that salvation is made available. 23–24 From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”

John 4:20-24 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Thoughts on Creativity

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Creativity is a mystery.

Creativity is revelation from God. It’s an unseen resource we can pull down from Heaven. It’s an anointing we can access as sons and daughters of the living God. It’s a significant attribute of Holy Spirit and Jesus. I call creativity the Creative Spirit. When I speak of the Creative Spirit, I am also speaking of the Holy Trinity as its ultimate source.

Creativity is the driving force behind just about everything we do. From getting dressed in the morning to driving throughout our day. We are hardwired to be creative. We imagine what we will wear: our outfit, shoes, hair. We imagine the roads we will drive; where to turn, how to pass or change lanes; how to use the vehicle to our advantage. We use creativity unsparingly and unwittingly.

So, what would life be like if we were able to harness creativity and use it to promote and glorify the Kingdom of God? How much more can we accomplish in our day, or over a lifetime?

Excerpt from our book in progress called, Hardwired for Creativity: Art Supplies for the Mind.

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Form & Function

Utilizing Wall Space for Display

I confess. I love rocks. As a child I loved to grab my empty coffee can and hunt for them in the desert for hours. I would bring them back to show my grandpa. I have a pretty large collection and I wanted to figure out how to display them without taking up room on a table or shelf.

I took a 4″ x 4″ piece of wood and cut it into 2″ and 6″ lengths to make room for the spheres against the wall. Next, I stained them with a mahogany stain, tinted them black and finished them with a matte varnish. Finally, I super-glued rubber “O” rings on the top to keep the spheres in place. I plan to paint the wall a cool gray that I like too.

This was a fun project. It was nice to use my creativity in a new way. I encourage you to try something different. Be creative and have fun.

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