Welcome! This is the first of a series of articles I plan to write as I work my way through The Creative Call by Janice Elsheimer. Today I am writing about the introduction to the book titled, “Wondering”. I hope you will join me in the study by reading along, writing comments and praying for inspiration for all the participating artists.
Janice begins the introduction telling a brief history of her childhood. She was blessed with several talents but when it came time to choose a career path, she did not follow her passion. I’m sure that many of us have almost the same story, just different talents or gifts, a different location, and different people involved. What type of career did we end up with? Probably something responsible, safe, and secure. Janice was successful at her work, but she knew something was missing. Has anyone else felt that way?
Janice uses Bible scripture to explain why creative people not using their talents are shirking their duty to God. One such scripture is Luke 12:48, “To whom much is given, from him much will be required.” Janice says, “Our gifts are not from God to us, but from God through us to the world.” I never thought of it quite like that. But, God gave us the talents to use for his will. We are told to let our light shine in Matthew 5:16. So, using our talents for the world to see is important.
Janice wrote The Creative Call to help artists get on track and do their part in the creative process. She realized that there are artists in every stage of life burying their talents for one reason or another. The list of artist’s reasons not to be creative could go on infinitely. Janice wants to teach us to live our lives as working, productive creative people.
The Creative Call was written for Christian artists. Sorry if that offends anyone. Janice wanted to offer a point of view consistent with Christ’s teachings. She wants us to become reliant on God and to use the gifts we have been blessed with to do his will.
The introduction gives a time line and examples of how to break the chapters into reading sessions done in groups or individually. Janice suggests doing the exercises as well as writing in a journal each day. She also gives a scripture each week for memorization. I am so horrible at memorization. In fact, I may have a mental block when it comes to memorizing scripture. I better use it or lose it. I guess it is time I started working on my memorization skills.
I love this quote from Janice, “You will find as you go through the book that one of the keys to unlocking your creativity is action: simply doing the next thing that needs to be done. I think I’ll use the part in italics as the focus of my mantra for the week.
“I will simply do the next creative thing that needs to be done.”
That takes a lot of the pressure off. You don’t have to do anything grandiose, you just have to do the next thing. Are you ready to let your light shine? I know I am.