Creativity Devotional – Paying Attention

Ferns

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing,
even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

Henry Miller

Thought:

How much do we miss in life because we don’t pay attention?  I heard a devotional this morning on the way to work which made me think about how we get so caught up in running and doing that we miss out on living.

When your children come home from a day at school do you greet them and let them know you are glad they are home? When you go for a walk in the country do you see the beauty of nature around you? When your dog wags his tail in celebration that you are home, do you stop to give him a loving pat? Do you take time to pay attention to what is going on right then, right now?

Paying attention can be very important for your creativity. When you pay attention you discover new and interesting things which can in turn make your art work better.

Many artists focus on making the viewer pay attention to something they might never see or notice.  You could be that artist. Today might be a good day to focus on truly living your life with your complete attention. You might discover something fascinating or create something wonderful.

Prayer:

Lord,

You are an awesome God. Thank you. Today I ask that you might help me to be more focused on “the now”. I ask you to help me live today paying attention to my family, my job, my art work, my environment. As I pay attention, please let me discover the magnificence of the moment and to portray that in my art work. I ask this in Christ’s Holy Name. Amen.

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1 Response to Creativity Devotional – Paying Attention

  1. Phil Lewis says:

    I was reading your article and it reminded me of this entry from Sharika Roland’s blog – she has a lot of the same sort of thoughts. Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://www.sharikaroland.com/wordpress/when-i-was-looking-for-nothing/

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