I have friends that are creative. I appreciate their creativity. They inspire me to be more creative in my writing and speaking. One of those friends is Josiah Stumbo. I went to college with this guy and he has always been creative. He has pushed me to think outside the box. He has pushed me to be creative in my writing and in life. I am thankful for the people in my life that push me to be better like Josiah does.
The imagination is an essential aspect of being creative. The ability to take an ambiguous idea and place form and meaning to it is being creative. Yet, it takes imagination to come up with ambiguous ideas. The Bible does not talk about imagination much, but when the Bible does mention the imagination it is in a negative context. Acts 17:29 says:
Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.
On the surface it seems that the verse is looking down on the imagination, but a longer look will show that the “art and imagination” that is spoken of here are not negative but rather amoral. They can be used for good and evil.
Men’s minds can be guided by deceitful hearts (Jer. 17:9) and thus their imaginations can be focused on self instead of God. But, the opposite is also true, we can use our imaginations to sing marvelous hymns to God. We can use our imaginations to write beautiful poems about God. We can use our imaginations to create art that is true to God. We can even write blog posts that are pleasing to God. 🙂
I pray that we will be people who use our creativeness to represent, please, and worship God.
If you would like to get inspired you can check out Josiah’s music by clicking these links:
Also, his wife is a photographer. You can check out her photography here: