“You were created to be creative. You must conceive it before you can achieve it. It is why the Bible talks to us about renewing our minds (Romans 12:1-2). To renew my mind means I must stretch it”. (Mike slaughter, Momentum For Life, pp. 49-50)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
‘Creativity’ and ‘stretching the limits’ are central themes in the Christian faith and Scriptures. On the one hand, creativity is announced as God’s very own first activity. Creativity is what people are called to as they mould and shape their God-given lives and God-given gifts to reflect a God-centered focus. On the other hand, ‘stretching the limits’ is what God is always doing… and then calling us to follow.
Many places in the Scriptures we are reminded that God’s ways are not like our own ways. We are too limited, too imperfect… too mortal… to see the big picture. Therefore, to constantly renew our lives, faith, and understanding… to renew our momentum for life… we need to be able to be both creative and flexible: creative to see the opportunities and gifts of our lives and how they can be used to shape a God-centered focus in the world, flexible to stretch the limits our mental, spiritual, intellectual, creative comfort-zone.
If we are not stretching our limits… we aren’t growing in life or faith.