The Creative Disciple
God spoke and the world was created. He is the divine author of all that is seen and unseen. He is the source of eternal creativity, the wellspring of all we think and create with our finite physical beings.God speaks today through the pens of His creative disciples. He beckons us to a journey alongside Him as His creative disciple.
God has imparted unto each of us His giftings. “Christ has given each of us special abilities—whatever He wants us to have out of His rich storehouse of gifts.” (1) Likewise, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights…” (2) Within each of us is a treasure the world waits to behold. With each gift God also imparts a special desire awaiting realization within our hearts. “We are desire. It is the essence of the human soul, the secret of our existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished without it. Not a symphony has been written, a mountain climbed, an injustice fought, or a love sustained apart from desire. ” (3) We might also add, not a novel has been written or a poem penned without that same desire.
Furthermore, St. Augustine wrote, “Longing is the heart’s treasury.” (4)Therefore, do not neglect the longing or desire within your heart. We are called to discover the treasure, then pursue it with every fiber of our being.
The writer’s journey begins with discovery of desire, God’s gift. It is the origin of a great journey with God as partner and coauthor along the road.
We must become disciples of the God of all creation to advance along the writers path. Derived from the Latin discipulus, disciple means learner or pupil. This conscious decision is a submission to His authority and leadership as teacher. It may lead us to independent study or the halls of a university. Yet it is a choice to quiet ourselves and listen to His promptings, to His ideas, to His creative nature. Surely He will speak.
Both spiritual and practical preparation are necessary to the development of the writers craft. Though there are multitudes of areas in our lives that God may endow with His discipline, to attain the needed skills and knowledge with just the right touch of creativity, the writer must first accept the role of disciple, one who is in the learning process, then submit to discipline.
Discipline by definition is “training that develops self control, character , orderliness and efficiency.” (5) God’s Word also tells us of the many benefits of discipline. For example, “Listen to counsel and accept discipline. That you may be wise the rest of your days.” (6) Discipline produces wisdom. Additionally, discipline results in sharing in God’s holiness. “…He disciplines us for our own good that we may share in His holiness.” (7) Furthermore, Timothy tells us that discipline leads to godliness. “…discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” (8) What marvelous benefits will shine forth from our written pages!
To our disciplinary regimen, diligence must be applied, for the writers path requires hard work and training. The “constant careful effort” (9) termed diligence will advance the gaining of discipline in our lives, for discipline is both a process and a result.
While desire is activated by discipline and diligence, we’re producing the fruit of discipline in our spirit that will not only impact our writing craft, but the whole spectrum of our lives.
Diligence is also defined as perseverance. God has given us a gift to develop and calls us to persevere, to work with continued patient effort, to endure. “And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (10) With discipline and diligence, God will bring His work in us to completion. That’s His promise.
But what of desire? It is a mystery to unfold. It contains the secret of who we are and what we were created to do with the life God called into existence. Following that desire as His creative disciple, walking the writers path, applying both discipline and diligence, we become more than a writer who has mastered his craft, and we attain more than the blue ribbon prize. We become the person God has called forth from the beginning of time and we attain an eternal prize.
“We must journey to find the life we prize.” (11)
Author’s Footnotes: (1) Ephesians 4:7 TLB (2) James 1:17 NAS
(3), (4), (11) The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge (5), (9) Webster’s New World Dictionary (6) Proverbs 19:20 NAS (7) Hebrews 12:10 NAS (8)1 Timothy 4:7 NAS (10) James 1:4
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