“Creativity is just connecting things”

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Gary | 1 comment

I’m guessing that you know that Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, died yesterday – October 6, 2011.  Here is a man who much of the world was aware of…for good reasons.

It’s often fascinating and beneficial to see how a person like this thinks. Here is a quote that stand out to me.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.” Wired, February 1996

You and I are more creative than we believe.  Why?  Because God has created us in His image – a creator, an artist.

“For we are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.” Eph. 2:10 (ISV)

You and I have been created to offer to the world “good works” which are essentially our “art”.  You are an artist!

André Gide said, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist…”  Is this the Christian life – a collaboration between us and God?

God has invested significant experiences in us which has equipped us to “see things”, as Jobs alludes to.  But we must find clarity, understanding and revelation about these people and circumstances that God has brought into our lives.  Then the creativity comes as we “connect things.”

“I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake”.  (Philemon 1:6)

I want to encourage you to discover more of “every good thing which is in your for Christ’s sake”‘ to find more clarity, understanding and revelation about your story, desires and journey by attending the Exploration Calling Intensive Experience this December.


One Response to ““Creativity is just connecting things””

  1. Roy Batterman says:

    Gary, I am a creative person. You have made a connection, a creative connection, between Jobs quote and God’s Word. Seeing it makes me wonder why I never made that connection before because my tendency is to ponder things. These scriptures have come alive. Philemon and Ephesians have just gone to the top of my ‘read & ponder’ list. May God in His grace grant that this would not be a momentary titillation, but a real part of who I am in Christ.

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