The Creative Call: Introduction

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.

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7 Responses to The Creative Call: Introduction

  1. Dear Terry,
    It’s so exciting to see you starting this conversation about The Creative Call. I’ll put a notice about it on my Facebook page and see if anyone else joins in the discussion.

    I can honestly say that after being in print for nine years, I still need to go back and work through the book myself when I hit a dry place or find there’s just too much LIFE getting in the way of the work I’m called to do as a writer. Thanks for reminding me that I don’t have to “eat the elephant” in one sitting. All I have to do is the next thing that needs doing. Hard to believe that I still have to be reminded to be still and know that God is God and I’m not.


  2. Lyn says:

    Good luck with this, sounds interesting!

  3. Janice,
    Thank you so much for spreading the word about the study of your book. I pray the study will be beneficial to those that participate. Too much LIFE does get in the way for many of us. There is pressure in our society to “do it all” and “do it well”. I am sooooo glad God is always there with us!

  4. I hope you can participate Lyn.


  5. Deborah says:

    I had this book and in a moment of stupidity, gave it away thinking I would never take the time to go through it. Now I’m going to have to buy it again LOL 🙂 I have a problem with this; it seems to be a bad pattern. I buy books, get rid of them out of guilt, then realize I should have kept them, and buy them back…Lord help me!
    I am very, very excited to see this study on your website!!! I love that the book is written for Christians! I think it was 9 years ago when I first bought the book, so it’s time to really get serious and go through it. Thanks for this – I hope to be joining you soon!

    .-= Deborah´s last blog ..Today’s Lunchtime Portrait Sketch =-.

  6. Deborah,

    Welcome! I am excited to have you joining me as well. Sorry you have to buy the book again. For me, books seem to come in and out of my life as I need them. It has to a God thing. I think God places books in our pathway when we are ready. If we aren’t, sometimes they sit on the shelf. You don’t have much to catch up on. Read the Introduction and Chapter One. I will write about Chapter One on Wednesday, May 5.


  7. Thank you. Your words… <>

    …are truth that I KNOW so well and the reminder touched a place in my heart that is grieving because so much time is passing by and I’m not doing enough of the art I’m called to do. Wondering daily WHY God doesn’t release me from the struggle of that “starving artist syndrome”. Asking God, why can’t I just make a living doing what I love and am clearly called to do? Wondering why I remain where I am, spending most of my time at a JOB working overtime to make ends meet and not having enough time or focus left in me to be creative at the end of my day (or at the beginning, as I’m always off to work). Whatever my excuses, I keep trying to change something. Something inside of me dies without the creative outlet. The creative process is worship and fellowship unto God, it is living Christ in me. I long for it daily. It’s all I want to do sometimes but the creativity is so squelched, when I do get a moment, by the other stresses of life.
    I think it’s simply a spiritual battle, and I have determined I will press on. I will find the victory because I have God’s favor. Yes, I will just do the next creative thing He inspired me to do.

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