“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Malachi 3:1 (NLT)
I am teaching a Wednesday night class on creativity. In the first week I made a case for the truth that every human being is made in the image of the Creator, therefore every human being is creative. How the creativity plays out from one person to the next is determined by a whole host of variables, but we are all creative.
Last night our class talked about the fact that some people are creatively gifted in unique ways. A few individuals are prodigies and artistic geniuses in a way that the majority of us will never know nor experience. This does not mean, however, that our creativity is not necessary nor important.
When I read about the messenger in Malachi’s prophesy, I thought about John the Baptist about whom Jesus said the prophecy pointed. John lived a life scratched out in the Judean desert. His role was to prepare the way for and hand the spotlight over to Jesus:
The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, “Could this John be the Messiah?” But John intervened: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” Luke 3:15-17 (MSG) [emphasis added]
I love that John understood his role, and played it well. We so often and unwittingly commit the sin of envy. We compare ourselves to others who have gifts and abilities that we wish we had. We feel less than. We choose to believe that because we do not have the lead role, because we are not in the spotlight, or because our gifts and talents go unrecognized that our gifts and talents do not matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. We each have a role to play, and when we do not play our role the entire drama is diminished.
- There are No Lesser Roles (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- Misapplied Emphasis (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- Malachi 3. Tithes and offerings. The day of judgment is near. The coming messenger of God. God. Jesus Christ. The promised messenger. A day of change. Don’t cheat God. Faithfulness is rewarded. (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- Eight Creativity Lessons From a Pixar Animator (lifehacker.com)
- Creativity and Learning (kelseypanko.wordpress.com)
- Roots of Creativity Found in the Brain (mashable.com)