Monday, March 26, 2007

On Mozart and Martha Stewart

Here’s something of interest to read. I thought it would fit in nicely with this group. I found it a bit inspiring. It’s in the book The Journey of Desire (pgs 152-154). It’s shortened obviously. John Eldredge is the author. Enjoy you creative and lovely people.

Somehow, “notes Os Guinness, “we human beings are never happier than when we are expressing the deepest gifts that are truly us.” Now, some children are gifted toward science, and others are born athletes. But whatever their specialty, all children are inherently creative. Give them a barrel of Legos and a free afternoon and my boys will produce an endless variety of spaceships and fortresses and who knows what. It comes naturally to children; it’s in their nature, their design as little image bearers. A pack of boys let loose in a wood soon becomes a major Civil War reenactment. A chorus of girls, upon discovering a trunk of skirts and dresses, will burst into the Nutcracker Suite. The right opportunity reveals the creative nature.
This is precisely what happens when God shares with mankind his own artistic capacity and then sets us down in a paradise of unlimited potential. It is an at of creative invitation, like providing Monet with a studio for the summer, stocked full of brushes and oils and empty canvases. Or like setting Martha Stewart loose in a gourmet kitchen on a snowy winter weekend, just before the holidays. You needn’t provide instructions or motivation; all you have to do is release them to be who they are, and remarkable things will result. As the poet Hopkins wrote, “What I do is me: for what I came.”
Oh, how we long for this-for a great endeavor that draws upon every faculty, a great “life’s work” that we could throw ourselves into. “God has created us and out gifts for a place of his choosing, “says Guinness, “and we will only be ourselves when we are finally there.” Our creative nature is essential to who we are as human beings-as image bearers-and it brings us great joy to live out with freedom and skill. Even if it’s the simple act like working on your photo albums or puttering around in the garden-these too, are how we have a taste of what was meant to rule over a small part of God’s great kingdom.

So go today and create! I’m going to go to the grocery store and be creative and paint my cart with all kinds of healthy foods, shampoo, a new shirt and maybe a little something for my Secret Sister.


Tangerinetinselbreeze said...

I love it. Sometimes, I wish I could just think to speak directly to things. That is so artfully and directly spoken. I think I am more of a parable thinker. Confusing even myself sometimes. Thanks for the post and thanks for you!

Gail Vinson said...

Brandi you are amazing. Every drop of rain or ray of sunshine that falls on you seems to bring forth something of beauty from your soul. I know you didn't write these words but I could hear them coming from your heart. They spoke very loudly to me.

High in Demand said...

Gail, I was actually thinking about you when I read this. I thought it went perfect with your last post.